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England expects

This date and little else has been on the mind of England and Scotland since UEFA carried out the draw for Euro 2017 last year in Rotterdam.

(Photo: Chelsea FC)

The build-up has been big, expectations high and excitement even higher – not for my European Championship debut as a journalist, but for a British derby at a major tournament. What better chance to try and introduce fresh audiences to these Euro finals and to cut my teeth in the competition.

First up was a trip to the England training camp, a bucolic setting off the beaten track around Utrecht, in which the Football Association have clearly invested heavily. There I met Chelsea defender Millie Bright for an interview about Love Island as well as her emergence on the international stage.

Banter and Beyoncé abounded throughout the long weekend of preparations, which was when I also made my introductions with our prodigious striker Fran Kirby to discuss the mood in the squad and her return from injury.

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