Chelsea striker Bethany England is not daunted by the arrival of prolific Australian international Sam Kerr.
Kerr has scored 147 goals in 216 appearances for clubs across Australia and America, and has netted a further 38 goals in 83 appearances for the Matildas.
The 26-year-old will move to Chelsea in late December when her work permit is granted and she is expected to be first-choice at the current Women’s Super League leaders.
However, despite acknowledging that she may see her playing time reduced, England believes that both she and her teammates will benefit from Kerr’s arrival.
As reported by the Independent, England said:
I’m not bothered about her taking my spot. I can only control my performances. At the end of the day, Emma (Hayes) picks the team and we’re doing well.
I don’t think anyone should be worried about her coming in. We should just embrace the fact that she’s bringing all the experience that she’s got to the team and hopefully it can help us all on our way.
England, 25, has enjoyed an encouraging start to the season with Chelsea, scoring twice and providing one assist.
Her impressive performances have earnt her a place in The Lionesses’ squad and she scored the opening goal in England’s recent 3-2 win in the Czech Republic.
One positive for England post Kerr’s arrival is that although she is now established as a striker, she is capable of playing in midfield and as a wing-back.