Women's World Cup: Wales relish England and long trips, says Jayne Ludlow

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Playing England is a great opportunity, says Wales manager Jayne Ludlow

Wales will kick-off their 2019 Women's World Cup qualifying campaign with trips to Kazakhstan and Russia.

Four of their opening five Group 1 matches are away, and Wales finish at home against England in August 2018.

They also play Bosnia & Herzegovina but manager Jayne Ludlow says the trips to eastern Europe can be a benefit.

"They give us different types of opportunities because there's a lot of travelling time and we spend more time together as a squad," she said.

The former Arsenal defender says the matches against England will be a major challenge, but added "there's no team we're taking lightly, and there's no team we're afraid of either."

"It's a local derby and it'll be competitive.

"England are the top ranked team in our group but look, from that Pot A of teams all of them are going to be a challenge, they have a fantastic group of players that we have to test ourselves against.

"It's an interesting one because there will be some players on the pitch for England who I played with and have many interesting memories of and I'm friends with.

"So it will be an interesting challenge for myself for the group and for the opponents different reasons."

Wales' qualifying matches
2017
7 September: Kazakhstan (A)
24 October: Russia (A)
24 November: Kazakhstan (H)
28 November: Bosnia & Herzegovina (A)
2018
6 April: England (A)
7 June: Bosnia & Herzegovina (H)
12 June: Russia (H)
31 August: England (H)

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