Charlie Estcourt: "Hopefully we can just pick a couple of wins and climb up the table"

Charlton Women take on Leicester City on Sunday as they look to bounce back from a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa and fight for safety.

Charlie Estcourt talks about the upcoming match, playing for Wales, the growth of women's football and the team's struggles this season.

Speaking on the Addicks' next test, Estcourt admitted that the side are aware of the task at hand but are looking forward to it.

“It’ll be a tough game. Every game in our league is a tough game but we are really looking forward to it.

“We played well against them last time and probably should have got more than a draw so everyone's really looking forward to it.”

It’s been a difficult season for Charlton so far who currently sit in 11th but can jump above the Foxes if they win their three games in hand.

“We’ve had a tough start, but hopefully we can just pick a couple of wins and climb up the table which is where we deserve to be. We’ve just got to turn some of our performances into results and I’m sure we’ll be fine.”

Estcourt also talked about playing for the Welsh national team and making her debut at the age of 16.

”It was amazing. It’s always an honour playing for your country and to get the opportunity to do it so young was a dream come true.”

Wales are currently second in their qualifying group for the European Championships next year and have big hopes to reach their first ever tournament.

“I think we’ve got a really good chance, obviously we came close in the last campaign and we’ve just carried on building on that. We’ve got our next qualifiers coming up in April, hopefully we can just keep pushing on."

The growth of women's football has been a big talking point over the last few years and it’s certainly looking like the sport has a bright future.

“It's obviously been massive, we’ve seen a massive rise in attendance and interest since the World Cup and hopefully with each year it just continues to grow.

“The teams seem to be getting more support and backing. I think you can see that with the standard of the leagues and the crowds teams are getting so it's great.”

[Article by Anwar Yassin]

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