The women’s team are ‘starting a movement’ – Wales star Jess Fishlock
Wales star Jess Fishlock has described the support the Welsh public have given the Women’s national team as ‘magical’.
Fishlock and her teammates recorded victory over Russia on Tuesday evening, remaining unbeaten in the group and just a win away from World Cup qualification.
Wales have played at three stadiums in Qualifying, playing at the Cardiff City Stadium, Liberty Stadium, before moving to a smaller stadium in Newport Stadium.
A sell-out at Newport Stadium tonight, as well as a crowd of 2600 at the Liberty Stadium on Thursday, has seen The Red Wall, move into the Women’s game as well.
“It’s magical seeing the Welsh public get behind us.” said a delighted Fishlock.
“The girls are why this is happening right now and I think we are starting a movement here and it’s great to be a part of it.”
“To see all the people out here and all the people at the Liberty, all of the photographers – I’ve played for Wales when there’s not even been one photographer – there’s a gazillion everywhere we turn right now. That’s a credit to the girls.
The 31-year-old has had a glittering playing career, where she has won trophies with AZ Alkmaar, Bristol Academy, Melbourne Victory and Seattle Reign.
But in this Qualifying campaign, she has seen teammates such as Kayleigh Green, Laura O’Sullivan and Natasha Harding pick up the plaudits.
“The girls have caused that, they’ve made that so that people want to come out and see us play and I believe that every single person that came to this game and watched this game will talk about it for the next few weeks and it will keep growing.”
This World Cup qualifying campaign could be Fishlock’s last, after ten years of service with the national team she is considering international retirement. The Cardiff born forward has earned the most caps for any Wales player, both men and women.
A proud Jess Fishlock said: “I love Wales, I love my country and that doesn’t change,”
“I’ve given Wales everything I’ve got and I always have done but I know when it’s time to say I can’t give them the best of me and I won’t play for Wales I know I can’t give them the best of who I am.”
(Featured Image: Lewis Mitchell)