She might be on the fringes of the England squad at the moment, but Millie Bright doesn’t mind that too much.
“It’s an honour to be here,” she said.
The Chelsea midfielder has been on the bench for the national side’s recent friendlies, seeing them extend their current unbeaten run to nine games, most recently with a 2-1 win over Spain thanks to goals from Steph Houghton and a deflected effort from Karen Carney.
Nevertheless, Bright has been enjoying the chance to train with the senior side.
“It’s not difficult to settle in – it’s just getting used to the surroundings,” Bright said, and adds that she has been relishing the hard work.
“I’ve always been that type of person and player – I’m coming in to England and doing the same as I would at club.”
Her season at Chelsea has been a touch disappointing as they have failed to defend their domestic double, and crashed out of the Champions League following a limp first-leg display at Stamford Bridge against Wolfsburg.
Bright is hopeful, however, that 2017 will be much, well, brighter for the Blues.
“It’s not been the season we really wanted,” she admits.
“But we’ve learnt a lot about ourselves, and we’ll be stronger next year.”
*Carrie Dunn is SHOOT’s Women’s Football correspondent. Her book ‘The Roar of the Lionesses: Women’s Football in England’ is out now – available in all good bookshops.*