Natasha Dowie: I'm not bitter over World Cup omission

By Jo CurrieBBC Sport
Liverpool and England forward Natasha Dowie
Natasha Dowie has scored five goals in 14 appearances for England

Liverpool forward Natasha Dowie says she is "not bitter" about missing out on a place in the England squad for this summer's Women's World Cup.

Manager Mark Sampson named six strikers in a 23-player squad for the tournament in Canada but left out Dowie.

"Of course I felt I'd done enough to go and that's no disrespect to the girls that are out there," Dowie, who has won 14 caps, told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"Mark's the manager, it's his decision, I can't change that."

She added: "It's out of my control and I wish the girls the best of luck."

Dowie, who has scored five senior international goals, was voted FA Players' Player of the Year and won the Women's Super League golden boot in 2013.

The 26-year-old also won back-to-back WSL titles with Liverpool in 2013 and 2014.

"I'm not bitter about it because deep down I felt that I've given everything I possibly could have.

"It's hard to take when you hear that players probably won't be fit for the first couple of games but it's only going to cause me misery and upset if I think about it too much.

"So I look at it as a challenge to prove him wrong and get involved again. I've never made a major tournament with the seniors, I never got involved under Hope Powell.

"I've got the Euros and I've got another World Cup that I could be involved in."

England start their World Cup campaign against France on 9 June in Moncton.