Footballer Ellen White is hoping to round off a perfect week for club and country by helping Arsenal progress in the FA Cup and Champions League.
An injury-time diving header from White in Rotherham saw England’s women beat Canada for the second time in under a month at the weekend.
The warm-up match for this summer’s Euro Championships was a precursor to what promises to be a huge week for the former Grange School pupil and her Gunners teammates in domestic and European cup competitions.
On Tuesday night, White faces old foes Birmingham Ladies at Bishop Stortford FC in an FA Cup quarter-final clash.
That is followed by a huge Women’s Champions League semi-final match against German side Wolfsburg on Sunday afternoon (2pm kick-off).
Speaking to The Bucks Herald, Fairford Leys-based White said she was delighted to get the winner for England and thinks the pain of last year’s Champions League exit at the same stage – and also against German opposition in Frankfurt – will help motivate her Arsenal team.
“Collectively as a squad we are all really excited about the match on Sunday against Wolfsburg,” she said.
“It is really exciting to reach the semi-finals again and hopefully we can get a positive result at home to then take that away with us to Germany the following week.
“I think last year’s semi-final against Frankfurt might have passed us by a little bit, but this year we all seem really focussed and extremely positive about the match.
This time last year, White and Arsenal saw a 2-0 defeat in Frankfurt seal their Champions League fate, the Gunners losing the two-leg semi-final 4-1 on aggregate.
But this time around White feels greater squad depth and a desire for a measure of revenge will prove too much for Wolfsburg.
“We have a fantastic squad with great depth throughout, and I know if we play to our strengths we can get a result.
“But we must respect Wolfsburg as they are a great side too. Hopefully it will be an exciting and competitive match, and we get a positive result.”
The match is being held at Boreham Wood FC and is pay on the day (adults £5 / OAPs £2.50 / children £1).