LINDSAY Johnson is looking forward to the chance of “playing in front of the nation” again when she plays in the FA Cup final.
Hartlepool’s most decorated footballer will line up for Everton tomorrow in the showpiece occasion of English women’s football.
The Toffees take on Arsenal at Milton Keynes in a match which will be shown on BBC2 from 4.30pm.
It will be the third FA Cup final appearance for the 34-year-old defender, who has won 43 caps for England.
Johnson already has one winners’ medal after Everton beat Arsenal in the 2010 final at the City Ground in Nottingham.
“It’s always a great feeling to be play in an FA Cup final,” said the girl from the Fens area.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play in two before and I’m looking forward to this one as much as ever.
“People did not expect us or Arsenal to be in the final – we have not won yet in the Women’s Super League and Arsenal are bottom.
“But we’ve had a great FA Cup run and we’re quite confident.
“There is a new competition called the Continental Cup, but it does not touch the FA Cup.
“The FA Cup is a massive occasion and it’s the game every girl; wants to play in.
“It’s shown live on the BBC and to be playing in front of the nation is brilliant for a footballer.”
Johnson is now in the veteran stage of a glittering career, which has included playing at the World Cup, European Championships and in the Champions League.
The former Manor College of Technology and Hartlepool Sixth Form College student has not featured for her country for the last three years but is still “loving” her football.
“At Everton, we’ve lost a couple of good players to other teams,” said the centre-half who has played for the club for the last 11 years.
“We’re quite a young side now but there a few old heads in there, mine being one of them. I’ll have a few nerves on the day, but I’m more excited than anything.
“I’m loving my football and hopefully I’ll get picked and we’ll win the cup again.”
Lindsay will be cheered on by her parents, Joy and Peter Johnson, from the Fens, plus other family members.
“My parents will be there and I think they are bringing a couple of nephews and nieces,” she said. “It will be nice to know they are in the stadium watching.”