Jess Fishlock has asked Wales’ new manager Gemma Grainger to succeed in the role ahead of her first charge matches against Canada and Denmark.
Grainger was appointed in March on a four-year contract, replacing Jayne Ludlow who resigned in early 2021.
His team face eighth-ranked Canada in their first competitive game at Leckwith Stadium on April 9 and face 14th-ranked Denmark four days later at Cardiff City Stadium.
Experienced midfielder Fishlock, 34, who is his country’s most successful player, is delighted with the departure of the former England young women’s team coach and believes Grainger can help Wales to reach his first major tournament.
“The whole team are very excited because it’s a bit of the unknown that everyone worries about, but who disappeared on day one,” said Fishlock.
“Gemma is fabulous so everyone is looking forward to working together and achieving our goal.
“Gemma has turned out to be the best person for us and the first thing I did was congratulate her, how she has been and been with us and our group is just phenomenal.
“She’s been a breath of fresh air before and I have no doubt that she will get the best of everyone in this group.
“It’s Gemma’s turn to come in and she gave us two incredible games with the best opponents.
“She knows that if she wants to be the one to bridge that gap and take us to a major tournament, these are the games she needs to be successful.
“Everyone is so happy to be working in this direction, to see how far apart we are and Gemma is the one trying to bridge this gap and solve these issues.”