Natasha Dowie: Liverpool Ladies striker eyes England recall

By Jo CurrieBBC Sport
Natasha Dowie
Natasha Dowie (right) joined Liverpool from Everton in 2013

Liverpool Ladies striker Natasha Dowie says she would "love" to be recalled to the England team for their upcoming Euro 2017 qualifiers.

Dowie, 27, has 14 caps but missed out on the World Cup squad that won bronze at this summer's tournament in Canada.

"Everyone wants to play for England so it would be silly of me to say no," Dowie told BBC Sport.

"I feel like I have a lot to prove on the international stage and it would be brilliant to be back involved."

England face Estonia away in their opening qualifier on 21 September, before hosting Bosnia-Hercegovina on 29 November.

"I want to play for my country, I want to put myself up against the best players in the world," Dowie added.

Dowie has scored eight goals for Liverpool in eight matches since the international break and says her form has improved since manager Mark Sampson left her out of the World Cup squad.

Natasha Dowie
Natasha Dowie has scored five goals in 14 appearances for England

"In the first half of the season I think my all round game was good, I just wasn't scoring goals, so now I think I'm bringing both to the game," she continued.

"Hopefully I've caught Mark Sampson's eye so who knows? I'll keep going and playing with a smile on my face."

Dowie, who is yet to feature at a major international tournament, says that she has had positive feedback from England assistant manager Marieanne Spacey in recent weeks.

"I know Marianne very well as she used to manage me at Fulham," she said. "Obviously I talk to her and she said I'm playing really well.

"From my performances of late, I'm scoring goals and that's what they look for. I'll keep going, working hard and not thinking too far ahead - but I'd love to be back involved, of course."

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