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Powell: It doesn't end here
« on: December 09, 2006, 12:13:16 AM »
English women's football has had a spectacular year. The national team has qualifed for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 12 years, and the country's top club, Arsenal LFC, are through to the European final.

Fears that the momentum gained from hosting UEFA Women's Euro 2005 might be lost have been well and truly allayed.

Quite the opposite in fact. English women's football has moved up a gear. A spectacular 4-0 defeat of the Netherlands followed by a battling 1-1 draw in France - who had knocked them out four years before - took England into the FIFA Women's World Cup in China next September.

Their improvement has been reflected in England being among the top seeds for Wednesday's UEFA EURO 2009 qualifying draw in Finland next Wednesday. "I was delighted with that, it gives us a really chance to qualify for another major tournament in 2009," Powell said. "On a personal note, to be seeded shows the strides we've made forward."

Powell is in no doubt of just how far her players have come, and how much further they can go. "It has all been worth it," she said. "It has not been easy for us; from where we are now, it's been quite a journey for players and staff.

"My philosophy is always to want more, and the players have to want more because we are not the best team in the world. We've qualified for the World Cup which we haven't done for 12 years, so the whole thing is satisfying. But it doesn't - and shouldn't - end here."