England women's U17 manager Lois Fidler Q&A

Women's U17 European Championships draw

England are the hosts for the 2013 women's Under-17 European Championships which kicks off on Tuesday.

They are in Group A along with Italy, Austria and Portugal while Scotland are in Group B, where they face France, Germany and Spain.

The tournament takes place at Chesterfield, Burton Albion, AFC Telford United and Hinckley.

England manager Lois Fidler took time out of her preparations to answer questions from BBC News School Reporters about her career, the difference between women's and men's football and her biggest achievement.

Q - What is your favourite thing about being a football manager and why?

A - Seeing players that enjoy the game as much as I do, grow and develop and progress on the international stage and knowing I helped them on the way.

Q - What qualities do you look for in a football player?

A - Somebody that wants to do better, who will work hard, bring something to the team, be honest and hardworking and also can play.

Q - What do you expect from your team captain?

A - Leadership, honesty, enthusiasm, leading by example and being a good communicator to staff and players.

Q - How do you and the team celebrate a win?

A - Whether we win or lose we try to take something positive from the game and work on areas for improvement. At this age results don't always reflect performance.

Q - How do you pick your team back up after a defeat?

A - A bit like winning at this stage as it's all about personal development and personal growth.

ENGLAND U17 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP GAMES

  • Nov 26 - Italy (at AFC Telford United)
  • Nov 29 - Austria (at Chesterfield)
  • Dec 2 - Portugal (at Burton Albion)

Q - What has been your best achievement, so far in your career?

A - Reaching the quarter-finals in the 2008 World Cup in New Zealand where we beat the Japanese against the odds in a penalty shoot-out.

Q - Why did you want to be a football manager?

A - I got a lot from the game and it's something that makes me happy. I also believe in giving something back.

Q - Who is your football manager inspiration?

A - No one person actually but there are lots of qualities that I admire from people inside or outside the game.

Q - Are there any major differences between male and female football?

A - Yes, we're not as developed as the men's game. There have been huge strides with the game evolving and fast. The obvious difference is physical but technically women's and men's football can be the same.

Q - How do you feel watching your football team play?

A - I tend to measure performance by how players are responding to messages given and how this is then put into practice.

Q - Tell us what happens on a typical matchday?

A - As much sleep as possible for the players the night before. A nice walk followed by a chat through set plays. I then bring the units in to chat through some reminders. It's then rest and relaxation, a pre-match meal and then off to the game.

Q - How does it feel to manage the England football team?

A - It is something which makes me very proud.

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