Fri, 10. Nov. 2017

Cain has a point to prove following International call-up

Sheffield FC Ladies striker Hannah Cain is "ready for the step up" after recently been selected in the England Under-19 squad to face Finland later this month, as the young Lionesses prepare for the European Championships next year in Switzerland, writes Luke Phelps.

The 18-year old who was born in Doncaster is a product of Sheffield United Girls' Centre of Excellence, and signed for Sheffield FC before the start of last season.

When asked if she was how feeling ahead of the Finland game, Hannah said "I'm  very glad to be back in the squad. I missed out of the Phase One games because I tore my groin, so I've been out for quite a few months".

The medical staff at Sheffield FC have been putting Hannah through recovery programmes to help her get back to full fitness.

Speaking on the programmes, Hannah said "it's been a bit hit and miss and I've had a few niggles, but I've got my injuries sorted now and I'm fully fit - everything is done".

Young Hannah has featured for England before at under-17 level. Last year the team travelled to Jordan for the World Cup, where they fell short at the quarter final stage.

She believes she was lucky to be selected, after she broke her leg just 16 weeks before the start of the tournament and was out for 13, giving her just a few weeks to find fitness. 

Talking about the World Cup in Jordan last year, Hannah felt she wasn't fully fit for the tournament and that there were "some mistakes" during the tournament, and "some points to prove".

As with any player at Hannah's level, the dream is to one day break into the England first team.
"I've been involved (with the National Side) since I was 15… I've invested my whole life into it".

At club level, Sheffield FC Ladies beat Aston Villa Ladies on Sunday 11-10 on penalties with Hannah scoring two of them, as they look to progress from the group stage of the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup.

"Villa made it tough for us - we didn't play our best game".

"We pulled it back late on, Mel (Johnson) got the goal and it was a 'worldie' as well"

"As soon as there's an opportunity to take a penalty I'm straight there - I thrive of pressure".

Next time out Sheffield FC Ladies face Brighton & Hove Albion in the league.

Speaking on the opposition, Hannah said they're a "massively strong side who've bought in a lot of players.

"They (Brighton) have proven themselves as a WSL team, but we're ready for it".

A win at Brighton on Sunday could move them up to 2nd in the table.

When questioned on the team's title chances, Hannah said "we're a young squad and we've got a lot of good players - we've got a lot of potential".

"Our aim though is to just keep doing better and better every season".

Hannah and the rest of the Sheffield FC Ladies team are keeping active, playing Sunderland in the final game of the group stages of the cup next Thursday at the Coach & Horses.

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