England Women v Estonia Women: Laura Bassett backs 'touring' international home games

Laura Bassett
Laura Bassett made her England debut in 2003 and has 51 full international appearances

Spreading the word about the England Women's team by touring the country for home matches is the ideal way to grow the game, says defender Laura Bassett.

England, who have already ensured their place at Euro 2017, face Estonia at Notts County's Meadow Lane in their penultimate qualifier on Thursday.

Bassett was part of the bronze-medal winning Women's World Cup team of 2015.

"It's so nice for different fans to come and watch," the Notts Ladies player, 33, told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"It is so beneficial to travel around the country.

"[Meadow Lane] is not too far from the motorway so it is accessible for everybody whether you live in the north, south or the Midlands.

"I think that is really important because we want as many kids as possible to be able to come and see the players live that they have seen on television."

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Bassett, who played when the Lionesses beat Serbia 7-0 in their last home qualifier in Wycombe in June, believes continued success is also key to sustaining interest.

"As players, we have a responsibility to keep improving the product on the pitch," she added. "The players have a great pathway now.

"If the product is good, you will always attract people to the games. It's exciting times.

"The national team need to keep being successful and keep pushing the barriers on a national stage. Then the spotlight is on you and you get the attention."

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