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‘She has always been a strong role model’

Katie McCabe may be one of the youngest international captains in the women’s game, but she has had plenty of support from the senior figures around her.

The Republic of Ireland forward was given her country’s armband aged just 21 back in August 2017 and, although there have been obstacles to overcome, she has learned from Louise Quinn.
 
“It’s been fantastic,” McCabe told Arsenal Player. “I started playing with her when I first broke into the Ireland team a couple of years back.
 
“She’s a presence on and off the pitch and I’ve learnt a lot from her. I always have that role model to ask for help if I need it, and she’s been fantastic since coming here. She’s really made her stamp on things here and she’s been terrific.
 
“She has that real leader presence which I strongly admire, and she really sets the tone in training and in games with her intensity and her work-rate. I really admire that and look up to her.
 
“Being announced captain at such a young age was something different for everybody I think. For me, I’m always learning from the older girls in the squad and Colin Bell himself, all about how I can lead the team in the best way possible. Learning from the likes of Louise and Niamh Fahey, it’s been a great help for me.”

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