City Women youngsters reflect on England camps
- 31 January 2014 16:40
- Posted by @roline_mcfc
City Women's Natasha Flint and Alex Brooks both helped England to two hard-fought draws against Norway this week and both were pleased with their individual displays.
Flint lasted the full 90 minutes for the Three Lions in Wednesday's friendly, whilst Brooks was a second-half substitute in a dramatic 4-4 draw on Friday.
In the opening friendly, Flint started in midfield and was at the heart of most England attacks for much of the first half.
In the second period, she switched to her natural position as striker and almost found the winning goal after embarking on a storming run with just minutes left.
The forward revealed that playing as a number 9 came more naturally to her and stated that she was satisfied with her performance.
"I thought I played quite well," she declared. "I prefer playing upfront because I get to see more of the ball and I can put myself about.
"Playing for your country is amazing. I do get nervous sometimes but you just have to show what you can do. I think I've done that today.
"Hopefully, I can continue to play for England in the Euros and beyond."
Brooks made an appearance in Friday's friendly, coming off the bench with half an hour to go and helping her team to snatch a 4-4 draw in the dying seconds of the game.
The shot-stopper was disappointed with the goals she conceded but was generally happy with her contribution during her short stint between the sticks.
"I thought my performance could have been better in regards to the goals," she admitted. "However, there were some positives to take from the game.
"I thought I dealt with their crosses well and I was equal to a few of their shots. As a team, I thought we battled well in the second half. We worked together to pull the goals back.
"To play for England is a pleasure. It makes me strive to better myself. I want to be picked regularly - particularly in the big competitions.
"I want to improve to an international standard and I hope to work my way into the higher age groups.
"My aim is to play for the seniors one day and I'd like to show that in my performances."
Both players will discover in due course whether they have made it into Mo Marley's squad for the European Championships in April.
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