England's keeper is ready to open the Euro 2022 opener in a 'crazy way'

Ellie Roebuck, five years old, hosted the Women's Euros in England's last year.

England's keeper is ready to open the Euro 2022 opener in a 'crazy way'

Ellie Roebuck, five years old, hosted the Women's Euros in England's last year. She'll be walking out in front 75,000 supporters this year as part of the national team.

It's going crazy. Ellie says, "You're not going be able hear yourself think."

The goalkeeper at 22 years old will be joined by her England team-mates for the Euro 2022 campaign against Austria. They will do so in front of a packed Old Trafford.

Ellie is still waiting to see if she will be in the starting lineup after suffering a long-term injury.

She says that even though she will be walking out in one of the most iconic stadiums in the country, she will be "playing it cool".

She is eager to soak up the atmosphere, and considers the "massive build-up" to this year's tournament a positive.

"I hope it helps get the fan in. She tells Radio 1 Newsbeat, "I'm excited and chomping at any opportunity to get started."

Since the last time England hosted the Euros in 2004, sell-out crowds have increased and fans are more excited. The success of the previous England teams has given the women's tournament a huge boost.

Ellie states, "I'm grateful that I came into football at a time when the progression is huge."

"This tournament is not only for the present, but also for the future and what's to come."

"We have a lot of respect for the previous team. We know they have had a tremendous impact."

Ellie was born in Sheffield and now calls Manchester her home. She's excited to travel all over the country to play in games, including Southampton and Brighton.

She says, "To experience them will be cool, and for fans across England to come and support them is exciting."

A large poster of Ellie can be found at Sheffield's train station.

"My dad is a train driver, and he and my mum went down to take pictures with this photo. They love it!

It's a place she is proud to call home, and she is excited about the possibility of playing in a semi-final at Bramall Lane, which is Sheffield United's stadium.

It's an extra motivation. It would be a dream come to life, it's my Wembley," says she.

Ellie enjoys playing Euros at her home because she is closer to Johnny, her Frenchie puppy.

It's comforting to be able to see him. She adds, "I hope I'm going be able to spend some time with him and take him to a coffee because his love the coffee shops."

"That's the hardest thing, actually - being away for so long from home is the loss of time with your dog."

Ellie recently had to deal with injuries and admitted that getting selected for the squad was "in doubt".

"But, obviously, now that I'm here my perspective is so much different and I'm super thankful and happy to have been a part this journey."

Ellie is one the three keepers who are in contention to be England's number 1 this tournament.

She represented Great Britain at the Olympics and won the FA Cup with Manchester City and the WSL Golden Glove.

She says that the only thing she would add to the list is winning the Euros.

It's the ultimate dream. It's one thing to play for your country, but it's quite another to be able do it in a major tournament in your home country.

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