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07th Jun 2023

Exclusive: Ireland captain Katie McCabe says the team are ready to give 100% in the World Cup

Clodagh McKeon

“It’s important to re-charge and re-focus because we’re heading into a big couple of weeks and months”

Speaking to Her, Republic of Ireland and Arsenal winger Katie McCabe, said her and the rest of the Ireland squad are ready and well up for the FIFA Women’s World Cup next month.

We caught up with Katie today to discuss her new collaboration with PepsiMax and chat all things Women’s World Cup.

The football superstar announced the partnership today and said it’s the “commitment to women’s football” that impressed her about the global brand and she’s “proud to be a part of their team”.

Katie said: “They’re growing and supporting the women’s game and so it’s always nice to affiliate with brands that are as passionate about women’s football as I am.

“Being a part of their team is a no-brainer, I’m really proud.”

Speaking to Ireland captain, Katie McCabe ahead of her team’s first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup felt surreal.

Not only will she lead the team into their first major tournament but she’s also absolutely smashing it in every Arsenal and Ireland game.

Katie was recently named in the UEFA Women’s Champions League team of the year which she said she was “surprised” about.

She was the only player from a non-finalist club named on the team and said she felt that “there could have been a few more Arsenal players in there as well.”

“Hopefully, we’ll give our Irish supporters a good send off”

Katie is a born leader and has proved that time and time again and although Head Coach, Vera Pauw hasn’t confirmed any team for the tournament, she said she’s excited to head down under with the girls.

She said: “Being captain is a fantastic position to be able to lead the team to our first ever major tournament.

“I want to make sure I’m fit and healthy and ready to go have my feet on the plane. Obviously, nothings ever guaranteed and yeah, we’re all really excited.”

Katie told us she’s been taking some time off before the trip to Oz and isn’t fully “in football mode” just yet.

She said: “When I get home to Dublin and meet up with the rest of the Irish team, we’ll get a good flow.

“It’s important to re-charge and re-focus because we’re obviously going into a big couple of weeks and months.”

The Arsenal winger said she made no major changes to her training but coach Vera Pauw will be in charge of that very soon.

“We’re all going to be working really hard and we’ve got two important games before we fly out against Zambia and France so we’d be looking to put in some nice performances and do our best.

“Hopefully, we’ll give our Irish supporters a good send off.”

There’s no doubt Katie and the rest of the Ireland squad will make us all proud come July 20th. They travel to Australia to take on the hosts at Sydney Stadium on July 20th.

Their next game is on the 26th against Canada followed by Nigeria on July 31st.

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