Stoney dreaming of Olympic medal

18 July 2012 / 19:51

Team GB women's football captain Casey Stoney is refusing to look too far ahead as she prepares to launch her Olympic adventure.

The 30-year-old Lincoln Ladies defender admits she dreams of returning from the Games with a medal to show for her efforts as she and her team-mates prepare to get the whole event underway next Wednesday afternoon when they meet New Zealand at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

However, she is refusing to get ahead of herself despite knowing exactly what is at stake.

Stoney said: "Of course, a medal would be fantastic and do we dare to dream? Yes, of course we do.

"But we have got to focus on one game at a time. You can't look at the medals until you are in the semi-finals. We won't be looking that far ahead, but if we could medal, that would be great."

Great Britain have been drawn in Group E along with the Kiwis, Cameroon and Brazil, who boast star striker Marta among their ranks.

It is a group which represents a challenge, but one Stoney and the rest of Hope Powell's squad are confident they can meet.

The skipper said: "It's a tough group. We played New Zealand in the World Cup last year as England; Cameroon, we don't have a lot of information about, and I have never personally played against Brazil.

"It's a tough group, but one that I think we can definitely get out of and one that's going to be competitive.

"Each team playing us is going to be a different challenge, and one we are really looking forward to."