My Westfield Matildas Story: Teigen Allen - 'The best thing that's ever happened'

A dream that began as a three-year-old is on the brink of being realised for Westfield Matildas defender Teigen Allen as she looks forward to the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™.

In a series of exclusive interviews for www.matildas.com.au, we will be catching up with Ante Milicic's 23-player squad in the build-up to the World Cup, which kicks-off in France in 23 days' time, starting today with Teigen Allen. 

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Teigen Allen
Teigen Allen has been named in Australia's squad for the Women's World Cup

"I've been playing football since I was three," the 25-year-old Melbourne Victory defender said. "Ever since I realised there was an Australian national team for women’s football, that's [been] my biggest dream – always has been and still is.

"It just feels amazing accomplishing that … and that there’s so many bigger things out there as well."

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Having previously represented Australia at the 2011 World Cup in Germany, the two-time Westfield W-League Championship winner (with Sydney FC in 2009 and Melbourne City in 2017) is looking forward to her second chance at competing on the biggest stage. 

"It feels like something I've been working for my whole life," she said. 

I remember getting told I was playing for the Westfield Matildas at the 2011 World Cup and I was absolutely stoked. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Allen
Allen in action for Australia against Argentina in 2019's Cup of Nations

"It feels like everything that I’m doing right now – from when I was younger, from when I first started representing my country – everything I'm investing my time into, is to represent my country and to make my dreams reality.

"Everything I'm doing is to be where I am right now."

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