De Vanna desperate for successful final chapter with Westfield Matildas
Westfield Matildas co-captain Lisa De Vanna is determined to enrich her final years in international football with the kind of success she has long craved.
The explosive attacker has been a key member of the national team since 2004, winning the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2010 and being voted into the FIFA Women's World Cup All-Star Team twice.
But at 33, De Vanna knows time is running out to fully maximise a golden period for Australian football.
"I've always wanted to be in a team where we could compete with the best and have the best players around," she told matildas.footballaustralia.com.au.
"I have to look at the good and the bad. It's great to finally be in a team where we can challenge the number one teams in the world.
"In the past it was really difficult because we never had the depth.
"But at the same time I'm coming toward the end of my career and I'm not going to experience it as long I could have."
First on the agenda in a big two years for the Westfield Matildas is this month's AFC Women's Asian Cup in Jordan.
Though they enter as the tournament's top-ranked team, De Vanna insists her team-mates are unflustered by the extra expectation.
"We haven't really read into it. Obviously we're going out to win the tournament, but it's all talk now and we haven't achieved anything," she said.
"The only pressure we have is people expect us to do well and in the past we were sort of an underdog kind of team.
"But we've been here before so we know what pressure is like, we know what expectation is like, we know what we're capable of doing."