Wales are using their World Cup qualifying heartbreak as motivation for the Euro 2021 qualifiers, according to midfielder Megan Wynne.
Wynne returned to the squad for the double header against Portugal in October, with her previous cap coming against Scotland in 2013.
She will be hoping to force a way into Jayne Ludlow’s starting line-up after being named in her squad for the upcoming friendly against Italy.
Wales travel to Cesena on Tuesday to test themselves against an Italian side who secured a place at this year’s World Cup finals in France.
Important week of preparation ahead with a game against Italy 😊🏴 pic.twitter.com/4zXQQl3FED
— Megan Rose Wynne (@MegsWynne) January 17, 2019
After narrowly missing out on joining their counterparts at the tournament, Ludlow’s side will continue their preparations for the 2021 European Championships with four friendlies scheduled to take place between now and April.
“At the end of last year, it was obviously disappointing with how things panned out,” said Wynne.
“But coming into this new year, we’ve looked back on that as a positive and are using that as motivation to make sure we qualify for the next major tournament.
“I haven’t been involved for a little while so it’s really great to be back. I know quite of the few girls from before but it feels like a different environment and they’ve taken a lot of positives from the last camp; there’s a good feeling.”
A versatile right-sided player who was named Millwall’s Player of the Season for the 2017/18 campaign, Wynne can operate as a defender and in a more attacking role.
She departed Millwall to join fellow London side Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the current FA Women’s Championship campaign. The move has paid off with Spurs currently leading the Championship, two points ahead of highly-fancied Manchester United but having played a game more.
Wynne’s Spurs team-mate Anna Filbey, who was set to feature in the four-day training camp in Portugal but pulled out due to injury, is also included in the squad which includes eight players under the age of 21.
“Jayne has got a good mix here. She’s got players who have been here a while but also very young players.
“Everybody is learning every day; even the older ones are learning from the younger ones on how the game is developing. It’s really important that we have that right mix.”
She added: “It’s Anna’s first camp so I’ve taken her under my wing and showed her how everything works. It’s nice that players at Tottenham are being recognised for all of the good things they are doing.”
Wales play Italy in Cesena on Tuesday, 22 January (5pm ko). The game will be streamed live on www.faw.cymru.
🇮🇹 v 🏴 17:00 22/01
Gwyliwch y gêm YN FYW ar ein gwefan!
You can watch the game LIVE on https://t.co/E4bbK9XXYA!
— Wales 🏴 (@Cymru) January 18, 2019
Callum Ellis is a sports writer for, among others, International.Wales, the Welsh international football fanzine.
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