England boost for Laws

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by Claire Forrester

Ladies goalkeeper named on stand-by list for senior side.

Sunderland Ladies goalkeeper Rachael Laws has been placed on standby for the England senior side’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier against Wales on Thursday 21st August.

Having previously played at England U23 level, this is the first time that Laws has been linked with Mark Sampson’s side and the 23-year-old admits she was pleasantly surprised to find herself on standby.

I was involved in the England U23 set up a little while ago and to potentially have the opportunity to step up to senior international football is very exciting

- Rachael Laws

“I was very shocked,” admitted Rachael. “I didn’t expect it at all. The senior team have some very good, established goalkeepers so I was really pleased to find myself on the standby list.

“I was involved in the England U23 set up a little while ago and to potentially have the opportunity to step up to senior international football is very exciting."

She continued: “I think my mam was even more excited than I was. Both she and my step-dad are really pleased and proud of me because I think they know how hard I have worked over the last year.

“This is the biggest reward I could have hoped for.”

Should Rachael be called up to the senior side there would be plenty of familiar faces, with no less than five former Sunderland players named in the squad.

“If I did get called up I would be nervous, but it is great that I know so many of the players already from Sunderland and from my loan with Liverpool.

“I always set myself the target of a clean sheet in every game and I am pleased to have had a few this season.

“We are all working really hard towards achieving our target of promotion to the FA WSL 1, but being on standby for the England seniors is a nice mid-season boost for me and it will give me an extra reason to keep up the hard work.”