Rhian Wilkinson: Wales manager ‘proud’ after dream start against Croatia


Fishlock’s two goals mean she is now Wales’ second highest goalscorer, two goals behind record scorer Helen Ward, but now one goal ahead of Gareth Bale.

Fishlock’s opportunity to break or tie Ward’s record will come as early as Tuesday when Wales travel to Kosovo for their second Euro 2025 qualifier.

“The record is not something I think about, I just want to do my best for the team,” Fishlock told Match of the Day Wales.

“I won’t think about it too much, but I bet Helen [Ward] is watching it closely.

“I’m really proud of this group.

“Rhian has come in, we’ve only had a couple of days together and we’ve scored four goals and kept a clean sheet.”

Fishlock admits winning her 150th cap, and becoming the first Wales player to do so, will be a special accolade.

“Tuesday will be huge, not just for me and my family, but for every women who has put on the Welsh jersey,” she said.

“It’s not just my moment, it’s for everyone who has come before me and helped me get to this point.”

Wilkinson admitted it was a tough decision to substitute her taliswoman when she was on a hat-trick.

“Jess can only play at 100%, so in the end I had to take her off to save her from herself,” she added.

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