In football, as in life, things have a habit of coming full circle. On the eve of England’s second international friendly against the Netherlands, Rachel Daly is facing the prospect of receiving her 50th cap at the home of the club that has played such an integral part of her life.
As we reflect back on 2021, the return of youth-level football on an international stage has to be one of the highlights. With tournaments cancelled for over a year due to coronavirus, football federations have had to play catch up as a generation of young footballers missed out on the traditional pathways to develop their trade.
A historic moment awaits Wales this international camp as they play their 200th international fixture against Slovenia on Friday evening.
England U19s opened their European qualification with a hard-fought victory over a spirited Republic of Ireland side.