England Women's Over-35 international Lucy Field eyeing up the World Cup after victory at European Championships
Having been a member of the England Women’s Over-35s squad that triumphed at the recent European Championships, Lucy Field now has her sights set on next year’s World Cup.
The Harleston Magpies player was initially on the reserve list for the tournament in Rotterdam, but a late injury resulted in Field receiving an 11th hour call-up.
And she made the most of the opportunity, featuring in all three of England’s victories in The Netherlands ahead of starting the final against Germany, which ended in a 3-2 win.
It has given the Archbishop Sancroft High School PE teacher a taste of life at international level, and with the World Cup set to be held in Nottingham in 2020, she wants even more of it.
“I am very proud. It was such an amazing group and we really deserved to win it,” she said.
“It was disappointing to not make the squad initially but I kept doing the training because I wanted to put myself in a good position for next year.
“It just goes to show it was worth digging it out, even when it was hard. I played at least a half in every match and also started in the final – I cannot ask for any more than that, it was amazing.
“It was so hot, but the squad was so strong. We had by the far the greater fitness levels and played some great hockey.
“Hopefully this is just the start. There is a World Cup in Nottingham next year – I want to stay injury free and be a part of that.
“I have to go through all of the trials and training again, but it will be worth it if I can make the squad.”
The Over-35 Women’s World Cup is due to start on August 8, 2020.
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