England ace Daly says playing at Elland Road for the Lionesses would be a poignant moment | The Sun

RACHEL DALY reckons playing for England at Elland Road would be an emotional moment — as her late father Martyn was the 'biggest Leeds fan'.

The Houston Dash captain, 30, will find out today if she is in Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman's 23-strong squad for next month's home Euros.

The England chief is due to reveal her final cut with the group to be trimmed from 28 to 23 players.

Wiegman's aces will then have a warm-up game against Belgium at Molineux tomorrow evening.

This will be followed by their sternest pre-Euros test yet against 2017 contest champs the Netherlands at Elland Road on June 24.

Daly, who played for Leeds women's side as a teenager, said: "I need to make the squad first, but being at Elland Road will be so special for me and my family."

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"Leeds have got the biggest place in my heart. Just watching the boys come out when I watch them play is so exciting.

“The feeling my family will get if they see me out there will be completely different and really exciting."

England’s duel with the Netherlands, who won their first Euros crown under Wiegman’s stewardship, comes nine months after Daly’s father passed away last September.

The Harrogate-born ace bravely took the field for the national side days after her bereavement scoring in the Lionesses' 10-0 win against Luxembourg.

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When asked if playing at the ground would be a poignant moment for her, Daly added: “My dad was the biggest Leeds fan I've ever met in my life, So it would be an emotional time.

“But anytime playing for England is an emotional time. You're just so proud."

Daly, whose ability to play as a full-back, wing-back or forward has earned her plaudits, made her 100th appearance for US club Houston Dash in May. 

The National Women’s Soccer League star achieved the milestone during Houston's 1-1 draw with North Carolina Courage scoring for her side. 

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 On the international stage the Daly, whose versatility was prized by former England boss Phil Neville, is enjoying life under Wiegman’s stewardship.

The Lionesses star, who has 46 senior caps, added: "I put pressure on myself in different positions. But Sarina is brilliant.

"She's so honest about my role and where she sees me, and I use this as a strength now.

"I'm just happy to play anywhere for the team, whether that be in whatever position I'm put in.

"I just want to be the best I can be and help the team."

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