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'It's a massive game, we know how good they are' | McCabe looks ahead to Sweden clash


07:36 11 Apr 2022

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Republic of Ireland captain Katie McCabe says they are aware of the gravity of the task ahead of them on Tuesday but also that there is a positive atmosphere amongst the squad.

Vera Pauw's side are in Gothenburg to take on world number two Sweden in their World Cup Qualifying group.

Sweden not only have a wealth of talent but also come into the game off the back of a massive 15-0 win over Georgia last week and are unbeaten in two years.

Speaking to OTB Sports McCabe has outlined what the mood in camp is like.

"We're looking forward to it.

"We know it's going to be a big test for us but it's one we are ready for.

"It's a lovely city, a few of us have been enjoying a nice walk-about and grabbing a coffee in the mornings so it's a relaxed environment but we're fully focused too.

"To not lose is the best outcome for me.

"We know it's going to be a massive game, we know how good they are, they're the second-best team in the world but for sure we'll be ready for it."

Finland and Slovakia drawing last week has really boosted Ireland's chances of finishing second in the group and reaching a qualifier as they bid to make next year's tournament, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand.

Ireland have never qualified for a major tournament before and there is a real genuine excitement about the women's game in the country in the last couple of years.

McCabe feels the mix between young and experienced players is key to the development of this squad.

"It's definitely a good balance.

"I think we've shown especially with the younger players playing against Georgia and then obviously we had the Pinatar Cup as well to get players to get minutes, to get experience at international level, so there's a good balance.

"We feel the support we have from back home, especially when we're in these big away games and then even more so when we are playing at Tallaght Stadium, the fans coming to support us - they definitely help us over the line.

"It's up to us now to do our job on the pitch, we've got great support from the FAI, there's no chaos behind the scenes, maybe there was a few years ago, it's just up to us now to focus on what we've got to do on the pitch.

"Tomorrow night it starts and it'll continue right through to September when the campaign ends."

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