Jess Carter is loving life in England’s Euro 2022 camp after an ‘insane’ match opener at Old Trafford.
The Lionesses bought their marketing campaign off to an ideal begin with a 1-0 over Austria in entrance of over 68,000 supporters.
Beth Mead’s first-half strike earned Sarina Wiegman’s aspect all three factors as consideration now turns to Norway in Brighton on Monday evening.
And Chelsea defender Carter, 24, says she’s savouring each second of her first main match on house soil.
She mentioned: “I’m really excited about the tournament – obviously that first game was incredible, the atmosphere was amazing, and I’m just excited to see what comes next.
“Old Trafford was insane – to experience that and to share that moment with the girls and the team, I think that’s just such a together group.
“It’s exciting to see what we’ve achieved by having so many people in that stadium, and to just be part of the opening game, I didn’t think that’s something I’d ever be doing, so it’s a real special moment.
“I didn’t really know what to expect coming into this tournament, and maybe I’m quite lucky that my first major tournament is in England so I’ve still been able to see familiar faces and things.”
England’s subsequent opponents have 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg again amongst their ranks.
And a defender, Carter is all too conscious of the menace the 26-year-old Lyon ace poses.
She added: “Obviously she’s a great player, but I think we’ve got some exceptional defenders in this team.
“Everyone has got a bit of a different quality and I’m sure that between us all, we’ll be able to come up with the best tactics to try and keep her as low key as possible.”
There may even be some inter membership rivalries renewed on Monday evening, with Carter’s Chelsea teammates Guro Reiten and Maren Mjelde each starring in Norway’s 4-1 win over Northern Ireland.
Carter mentioned: “They’re both incredible players, Guro is tremendous on the ball, she’s got a wonderful left foot, and I think she’ll be a threat going forward – but in my opinion she’s nothing our England team can’t handle as well.
“We’ve shared our top tips on her and hopefully the girls will take that into the game and defend her as best they can.
“It’s the same with Maren, obviously she’s a phenomenal player.
“She’s not long come back from injury or had that many games, so maybe for us that’s a slight advantage that she’s maybe not as up to scratch as some of the others from an agility perspective, but she’s a top, top person and player.”
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