When England take the field against France on Friday, it will be an opportunity for the team to prove their credentials against the best opposition ahead of a major tournament.
And for one player in particular, it will be an opportunity to claim an almost untouchable position for several years.
Lotte Wubben-Moy describes himself as a ‘central defender of the round ball’. She loves the ball at her feet and isn’t afraid to play from the back, a playing tactic former head coach Phil Neville has become synonymous with.
In recent years, captain Steph Houghton and Millie Bright have been England’s premier center-backs.
But with Houghton unavailable due to injury and head coach Hege Riise calling three recognized center-backs for this camp, it’s all in the fight.
“An opportunity is there for us young players,” said Wubben-Moy, 22. Sky Sports News.
“Thanks to Steph (Houghton), she’s an incredible player. I admire him. These are the types of players you want to play and compare yourself with. You never want to hurt anyone … [but] I appreciate these opportunities. “
Wubben-Moy speaks with a confidence that belies her youth, Riise describing her as “mature.”
The Arsenal defender’s decision to uproot her life at just 18 and move to the United States to develop as a player has been a central part of her footballing journey.
“I feel lucky to have been coached under Anson Dorrance [North Carolina Tar Heels head coach]”, Explains Wubben-Moy.
“He’s a legend in the game. I’ve been exposed at the highest level of college football. Some people may think it’s a withdrawal from the WSL, and without a doubt, it’s not professional football. , but you seem to gain so much more experience off the field.
“If I feel mature, then happy days. I’m just trying to lead the way the only way I know how and think it reflects the leaps I’ve taken across the world. [England] youth age groups and how England fed me as a player.
“I hope I can continue to use what I learned as a youngster here on the big stage and keep improving.”
Wubben-Moy is no stranger to the big stage. She was captain of the England U17 team which finished third at the European Championships and reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2016.
The experience will come in handy when she hopes to win her second senior selection against France on Friday.
Wubben-Moy revealed that coaches told her what they expected from her ahead of Olympic selection.
“We thank the coaches for being extremely transparent about this,” she said. “Fitness levels need to be increased, mental resilience, and I guess the most important thing is the minutes we play and we make sure it’s quality minutes.
“Hege is an extremely progressive and extremely forward-thinking coach who I love. I feel lucky to be playing with her.”