Although Latvia is rated 102nd in the world and England’s women’s team is anticipated to win by a large margin, Fran Kirby will have a special night in Riga on Tuesday. The Chelsea midfielder will earn her 50th cap, an achievement that had previously appeared out of reach.
Kirby has recovered from pericarditis, a cardiac ailment that jeopardized her career when she was diagnosed in late 2019. So far, Sarina Wiegman’s rejuvenated England team has a flawless World Cup qualification record. “I have been a part of this team for a long time now, so for me to get that 50th cap will be really special,” Kirby said. “It’s just nice to be back and playing regularly with the team. I am really enjoying it.”
In Wiegman’s opinion, the key to Saturday’s 4-0 loss of Northern Ireland was “being patient.” The first goal, Beth Mead’s first of a hat-trick, did not come until the 64th minute, but it came against a defense that had been driven into the red zone of tiredness by Kirby’s and Ella Toone’s passes.
source : guardian sport