Saturday 24 August 2019

Ireland star Campbell targeting European qualification after World Cup disappointment

Republic of Ireland Womens International Megan Campbell at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Republic of Ireland Womens International Megan Campbell at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Aidan Fitzmaurice

REPUBLIC of Ireland international Megan Campbell says the current squad will use their absence from the Women's World Cup, which starts next week, as motivation to make sure they qualify for the European Championships in 2021.

Colin Bell's side finished third in a five-team group in the qualifiers, eight points behind group winners Norway.

The World Cup start in France on Friday week and Manchester City player Campbell claims that Bell's side are determined to make up for that failure to qualify.

"The Euro 2021 finals are in England, not too far from home so hopefully if we get there we'd get a good crowd behind us, but we have to start with game one, which is in September and work from there," Campbell said ahead of the next bout of qualifiers.

"We will use the World Cup, and not qualifying, as motivation, a stepping stone, to say 'this is what we didn't do right and where we need to improve on'. We didn't qualify but we see it as a positive."

Manchester City's women's team, which has former Ireland man Alan Mahon on the coaching staff, had a successful season but it was a frustrating campaign for Drogheda native Campbell, who played a bit-part role due to injury.

But she is about to sign a new deal with the club and has high hopes for next season, added focus on the Women's Premier League as their city rivals will have a team in that division next season.

"We won the two domestic trophies in terms of cups, we lost out on the league, which was our own fault, nobody else’s, too many drawn games but successful overall in terms of the women’s side," she said. 

"To have the Manchester derby for the first time ever, hopefully that will create a good crowd," she said.

Megan Campbell was speaking at the 2019 SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals at the Aviva Stadium.

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