Lionesses goalkeeper Carly Telford already eyeing World Cup glory

2018 is barely two weeks old – yet England goalkeeper Carly Telford is already looking to make history in 2019.

The Lionesses fly to La Manga on Wednesday for a week of warm weather training under the watchful gaze of interim head coach Mo Marley.

A permanent successor to Mark Sampson has yet to be named, but Telford said the new boss will inherit a squad of players who are hungry for success.

She explained: “Whoever comes in will realise how ambitious we are as a group of players.

“Hopefully we can be taken to the next level by the new manager.

“They will be coming into a really good job because we are aiming to win the World Cup in 2019. That is our ultimate goal.

“We will embrace whoever comes in and buy into their philosophy – and hopefully that will lead to the one piece of silverware we’ve been after for the last 10 years.”

England’s first assignment of the year is the annual SheBelieves Cup in March when they face the might of France, Germany and USA.

World Cup qualifying will resume by entertaining Wales in Southampton on Friday 6 April.

Telford, who has eight England caps, said: “The main aim of 2018 is to qualify for the World Cup. We want to finish top of the group, hopefully with maximum points.

“We’d obviously like to entertain the fans and score a lot of goals, and, obviously, as a goalkeeper, keep as many clean sheets as possible.”

She added: “On a personal level I’d like to get on the pitch more.

“I realise it’s always difficult because there are typically three goalkeepers in a squad and only one can play, but I’ll keep plugging away and hopefully I can take my chance when it comes.”

Tickets for the Wales match are already on sale, with an early bird offer for adult tickets purchased up to 31 January (standard price £10). Children and concessions tickets are just £1 and group booking and Charter Standard discounts apply.

Tickets can be purchased at TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 02381 780 780.

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