RACHAEL Laws will play her last game for Sunderland Ladies tomorrow before heading off on international duty.
And coach Claire Robinson acknowledges Sunderland’s loss is England’s gain.
The Hebburn-born keeper received her first England call-up this week after having been put on standby for her country’s previous match.
And that means that after facing London Bees in the capital tomorrow, she will miss the home match against Watford next weekend because of her inclusion in the England squad facing Montenegro on Wednesday, September 17.
Robinson said: “She will be a miss but I’m sure she will enjoy the experience.
“It’s actually brilliant for us as a club because it’s another player from the area getting into the international arena.
“It just underlines the quality that we have in the region and the way it can be developed through an effective youth system.
“It’s a reward for a lot of people who have worked hard on her development.
“But most of all it’s a reward for herself and she fully deserves it because she’s talented dedicated.”
Laws will hope she can sign-off this Sunday with a second consecutive clean sheet as top-of-the-table Sunderland look to take another step towards promotion.
Nearest challengers Doncaster Belles are five points behind the Black Cats but the games are now starting to run out with only half-a-dozen remaining.
Robinson reflected: “There might be a bit of nerves starting to creep in at this stage because with every game at the moment promotion seems to be a little nearer our grasp.
“But I think we just have to concentrate on ourselves and not be worrying about what anyone else is doing.
“It will come down to the mathematics at some stage and I think it could well go down to the wire.
“Don’t forget, our last two home games are against Doncaster and Millwall.
“Those are obviously vital games but every game is a cup final at the moment as we come to the last few games and we have to bear that in mind this Sunday.”