Women's World Cup: Wales relish England and long trips, says Jayne Ludlow
Wales will kick-off their 2019 Women's World Cup qualifying campaign with trips to Kazakhstan and Russia.
Four of their opening five Group 1 matches are away, and Wales finish at home against England in August 2018.
They also play Bosnia & Herzegovina but manager Jayne Ludlow says the trips to eastern Europe can be a benefit.
"They give us different types of opportunities because there's a lot of travelling time and we spend more time together as a squad," she said.
The former Arsenal defender says the matches against England will be a major challenge, but added "there's no team we're taking lightly, and there's no team we're afraid of either."
"It's a local derby and it'll be competitive.
"England are the top ranked team in our group but look, from that Pot A of teams all of them are going to be a challenge, they have a fantastic group of players that we have to test ourselves against.
"It's an interesting one because there will be some players on the pitch for England who I played with and have many interesting memories of and I'm friends with.
"So it will be an interesting challenge for myself for the group and for the opponents different reasons."
|Wales' qualifying matches|
|7 September: Kazakhstan (A)|
|24 October: Russia (A)|
|24 November: Kazakhstan (H)|
|28 November: Bosnia & Herzegovina (A)|
|6 April: England (A)|
|7 June: Bosnia & Herzegovina (H)|
|12 June: Russia (H)|
|31 August: England (H)|