Karen Carney on England’s Euro 2020 odds, the ‘exceptional’ players in Team GB

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Karen Carney says she’s not very good at surprises.

But it’s not every day that you’re taken to an empty Wembley stadium to be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame so she can forgive her friends and family for keeping it a secret.

“It was a bit overwhelming, I was completely humiliated,” she says Sports post.

Karen Carney admitted she was surprised to be inducted into the National Football Museum’s Hall of Fame

“I was surprised and I’m not very good at surprises, but it was a fantastic day.”

The retired footballer is England’s third player, behind Fara Williams and Jill Scott, with 144 appearances for the Lionesses between 2005 and 2019.

Carney, who made her international debut at the age of 17, received her award from her former England and Arsenal team-mate Rachel Yankey.

“She was a role model for me growing up. My mom pushed me aside and said “I want a picture with my daughter” and she meant Rachel!

“I’m really lucky and grateful that she took the time to come and present it to me.”

In addition to the bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup, Carney represented Team GB at the 2012 Olympics and was part of Arsenal’s record-breaking four-time winners in the 2006-2007 season.

She collected a total of 11 trophies during her 19-year career, including an FA Cup with her home side Birmingham City.

Carney said she was surprised and humbled when she received the news at Wembley Stadium

Carney said she was surprised and humbled when she received the news at Wembley Stadium

The retired footballer is England's third most capped player with 144 appearances

The retired footballer is England’s third most capped player with 144 appearances

Carney has also made a name for himself in the punditry world and is a regular commentator for BT Sport, BBC 5 Live and Amazon Prime.

The former England star, who has played for her country in seven international tournaments, is confident that Gareth Southgate’s side can make it all the way to the final at this summer’s European Championship.

She believes the Three Lions boss will have prepared his players for the heightened expectations and pressures after reaching the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup.

“I have the feeling that you don’t live up to expectations in the run-up to a tournament.

“Those expectations start when a tournament ends, so since 2018 that’s the expectations that he will gradually put in the mindset of the players, so when you go to the tournament it’s known.

“I think they will prepare, they know themselves that they have a fantastic team.

The protagonist will, of course, be Harry Kane. In every tournament you need a goalscorer. Set plays will be a huge part, you need good deliveries and that will be a huge part of England’s DNA.

“John Stones will have to perform even more if Harry Maguire is injured, so will Kyle Walker.”

Carney believes England have a good chance of success at the European Championship this summer

Carney believes England have a good chance of success at the European Championship this summer

Portugal won the European Championship in 2016, despite not having won any of their group matches, and Carney believes the tournament will be wide open again.

‘Belgium is currently number 1 in the world, you can never exclude France, Germany… It will be very tough.

‘There are many outsiders who can cause major problems when you look at the selections. Portugal didn’t win any of their group matches, but ended up with the European Championship. It’s about cohesion, having a good group and having that one match winner.

“You have to start well against Croatia, in the worst case a draw, but I think England can beat them. Czech Republic will be difficult, you have Coufal, Soucek, some very good players in that squad.

“The Scotland game is about dealing with that emotion. It’s three very different games, but England have to deal with this pressure and expectations if they want to get where they want to be.”

Carney was part of Team GB’s first women’s football to compete in a 2012 Olympics where Hope Powell’s team defeated Brazil in front of a crowd of 70,000 at Wembley.

The ex-lioness spoke ahead of the launch of Samsung's KX's 'Rules of Football', a new series that aims to unravel football's most confusing rules

The ex-lioness spoke ahead of the launch of Samsung’s KX’s ‘Rules of Football’, a new series that aims to unravel football’s most confusing rules

Team GB will compete for the second time in Tokyo this summer, with Hege Riise confirming her roster of 18 players last week.

“They have a difficult group and also a difficult climate. Hopefully they will start well against Chile,” said Carney.

“They have some very good players there, some experienced players.

“I’m really happy that Kim Little is here, so is Sophie Ingle, I think they’re both exceptional players. Caroline Weir is another.’

Carney spoke ahead of the launch of Samsung’s KX’ “Rules of Football,” a new series that aims to demystify the most confusing rules of football.

The series follows research by Samsung KX which found that 85% of football fans admit they are baffled by the rules, with the offside and handball laws baffling Britons the most.

“Football rules can be complicated and it’s easier and more fun to watch football when you know why terms like ‘second to last opponent’ are so important in influencing decisions,” Carney said.

“What Samsung KX has done is really helpful. Even if you’re a football fan it can still be confusing, but if you’re just watching the European Championship for the first time, it’s even more confusing.

“I think as fans we all sit in the armchair and think we are referees, managers and coaches, but you have to understand the theories behind it and hopefully this will help.”

Former England footballer Karen Carney launches Samsung KX’s ‘Rules of Football’ – a new series that aims to demystify the rules of the game ahead of the European Championship. TThe series follows research by Samsung KX showing that 85% of football fans admit to being confused by the rules.

The series can be seen on: https://www.samsung.com/uk/explore/kings-cross/lifestyle/the-rules-of-football/

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