Profile: Claudia Walker

It has been a great start to the season so far for Claudia Walker with the attacking midfielder contributing two goals in the opening seven WSL 2 matches.

Walker was also called up to the England U-23 squad during the recent international break and scored against Sweden.

The 20-year-old continued her good form last weekend scoring against Watford at Berkhamsted which was the first game back since the break.

Speaking to the programme, she said: “It’s been good and as the season has gone on I’ve been finding my rhythm better and each game I’ve played I’ve been looking to improve.

“Coming into the second half of the season from that camp with England I think I’ve improved and I’m striving to take those performances into the league now. I think my performances are getting better I just need to get more consistent.

“Scoring for England has given me a confidence boost and made me hungrier for more goals and get the good performances in at Everton.”

Her contributions so far have helped the team up to 3rd place in the league with a game in hand over the top two teams.

“Hopefully I can get some more goals and help impact on our scorelines and as a team we’ll be looking to get the best out of each other.

“We need to make sure we’re performing well and get the results especially in our league as there’s no easy games. Obviously promotion is the long-term aim but at the minute we’re just focused on each game as they come.”

After starting the season unbeaten with four wins and two draws, the Blue Girls suffered their first defeat last weekend to Watford but the team are using it to motivate themselves.

“It’s fuelled our motivation and determination. It’s given us more passion to put that extra bit of work in training this week coming up to this weekend’s game.

“We’re using the result as our fuel now so we can work hard to get the best results we can and as a team we’ll bounce back stronger.

“Because we had that setback, we have to make sure we have a big impact this weekend especially as we’re playing a team in the league above and it’s a derby.

Today the Blue Girls will play Liverpool in a Merseyside Derby that is sure to be feisty, entertaining and fought for from the first whistle to the last.

“It gives us a good opportunity to make a statement of our quality and where we’re striving to get to as a club.

“Because it’s a derby everyone will be up for it that bit more and the passion rises in a derby game.”

Everton are yet to lose at home thanks to a vocal backing from the home crowd which is a stark contrast to last season when the Blue Girls struggled for home form.

“I think especially in a derby game it’s important to have our fans cheering us on all the way and they do that on a regular basis – they’re always there and always supporting us.

“It helps to keep us going and in a difficult game they have a major impact in helping us get the right results.”

Walker previously played on the other side of Merseyside for Liverpool before leaving the club in 2015 to don the blue shirt of Everton.

“I think it will make me even more determined to win but I think I’m just ready for the challenge really and if anything it will make me work that extra bit harder on the pitch.”

“I love the community and the people involved with the club. It’s such a welcoming club it’s like a family really.

“That was the biggest change for me because often you don’t notice a lot of differences. When we go to community events the community is backing the club 100% and the club is there for the community 100%.”

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