England winger Karen Carney insists she is focused on doing everything possible to win this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, to finally complete her medal collection in her ninth major tournament with the Lionesses.
The Lionesses play their final warm-up match against New Zealand at the Amex Stadium this afternoon, and Carney expressed her desire to take home the top prize at this summer’s tournament in France.
She said, “I’m really proud [of my achievements], but I haven't got a gold medal, I’ve got a silver and bronze, but not a gold. I’m chasing that, the team are chasing that and the staff are chasing that.
“I could go to 50, but when you finish, you look at the trophies and medals, and I’m still chasing a gold.
“I’m very proud of what I’ve done, but I’ve not achieved what I wanted to do when I was an 11-year-old kid.
“Until I have that gold medal, I'll always feel unfulfilled. That’s why I’ve pushed to play in so many tournaments, because I’m still chasing that gold medal.”
Carney also spoke of the relaxed environment Phil Neville has introduced since taking over as head coach, and highlighted the players’ commitment towards taking it upon themselves to achieve success.
“You’re entitled to have trust unless you break it, and I don’t think any of us have ever broken it.
“We’re professionals and everybody wants to win a World Cup, so you’re not going to jeopardise that with stupid behaviour or not looking after yourself.
“We’re adults, I’m nearly 32 and I’ve played a lot, I know what’s good for me, what’s right for me and how to make sure I train at my best level.
“Everyone is focused on winning the World Cup, and being in the best place, both mentally and physically, to do that.”