Christie Murray: Scotland success, Derby success and loving life in the WSL

Photos courtesy of Christie Murray and Birmingham City FC

Amazing to see Scotland qualify for the euros

I was very nervous ahead of Scotland vs Serbia. Any playoff game is nerve wracking but when you are representing your country, you are aware of what is at stake, and it can be even more nerve wracking.

Our men’s national team done the whole country proud by beating Serbia on penalties. They played so well for 89 minutes and fully deserved to go through having dominated so much of the game. Credit to David Marshall. His incredible save from Mitrovic marked an incredible occasion.

Credit: Анна Джалалян

I have to give a special mention to Lyndon Dykes who is fantastic up front. His hold up play and work rate are incredible. We appear to have found a talisman who other nations will fear.

I also have to mention Ryan Christie. His post match interview was absolutely incredible. Raw emotion in abundance and summing up exactly how everyone watching – myself included – felt at home.

Having played for the national team for many years and having watched the male team for many years, everyone involved in the national set up – men or women – care passionately about the nation and moments like that live with us forever as players.

The players will all be counting down the days until the tournament itself and will be desperate to produce their best form week in week out for their clubs to ensure they secure their place in the squad. They will also be desperate to avoid injury as no one wants to miss out on such a momentous occasion. Bring it on!

Derby success is always special

I’m really happy down in Birmingham right now, being in an environment where I feel feel valued and playing regularly is all I can ask for as a footballer.

Beating our biggest rivals Aston Villa was such a special moment. We hung in at times in the game but Claudia Walker has been so good for us this season and to see her on the score sheet again was special!

As a group of players, we love training together and playing for each other and beating Villa was the perfect reward for our hard work so far.

I have to say, I love playing in England. The league is so competitive and every year it’s getting better. There are much bigger signings moving to the league and to be playing well in a team of amazing girls is a joy.

Published by Callum McFadden

Football CFB founder. Freelance football writer & broadcaster of over 350 interviews with professional players and managers across all levels of football.

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