Everton's Fara Williams relieved to be fit for World Cup

Women's World Cup 2011

Venue:
Germany
Date:
26 June - 17 July
Coverage:
Watch all England matches live on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website (UK only); listen on BBC Radio 5 live; highlights on BBC2; final live on BBC3
Fara Williams
Midfielder Williams has scored 34 goals in 92 appearances for England

England and Everton midfielder Fara Williams says she is relieved to be fit for the World Cup in Germany after recovering from a knee injury.

England start their campaign with a match against Mexico on Monday.

"It's a massive relief because when you get injured there's panic," Williams told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"I guess the rehab was important for me and I gave myself the best chance of being selected. I'm grateful now that I'm here and the first game is there."

She added: "The support that was there for me and the rehab that was put in place has helped me and helped my confidence. I guess I got back quickly and I've been able to play 45 minutes since."

Williams is an experienced member of the squad having gained 92 caps and played at the 2007 World Cup finals and the 2005 and 2009 European Championship finals.

Despite her wealth of experience the Toffees midfielder insists she is yet to produce her best football.

"People have seen glimpses of it, with not enough consistency," Williams continued. "Hopefully this is my year to prove that to people.

"I've said it many times before, it's a team performance. Sometimes, for me, it's about how I manage the game and like to help other people out.

"Kelly Smith is the one who's always on the ball and wanting to make things happen. So when I get it, I try and get the ball to her and she creates things for other people.

"I guess our names are spoken about, but it's about the whole squad."

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