CARLA WARD believes Rachel Daly’s relentless scoring form could make her an option in England’s attack.
And the Aston Villa boss, 38, hopes to extend her managerial spell beyond next season, with her contract set to expire in 2023.
Ward’s Aces face Paul Konchesky’s West Ham in their first home game since the international break.
The club, who are third, have enjoyed an impressive start to this season
They picked up three wins from three games in all competitions, including a surprise defeat of Manchester City.
Their efforts saw Daly – who scored four goals in three games in all competitions – win the Barclays WSL Player of the Month for September gong.
If the Villa ace could be seen as a progression option for the Lioness, Ward said: “Rachel is one of the best scorers in the WSL at the moment so she should be 100 per cent.
“She’s a spike striker and should definitely be knocking on the door.
“He’s brilliant on and off the pitch and I couldn’t speak more highly of what he’s doing for the youngsters.
“Everyone has respect for her because of what she has accomplished. But what he does for them is extraordinary.
“She’s taken them all under her wing and she’ll be after them to make sure they don’t have a minute or a second.
“He sets a standard that’s incredibly high.”
Villa, who finished ninth last term, are currently reaping the rewards of Ward’s business in the summer transfer window.
The signings of Danielle Turner, Daly and Kenza Dali and the loans of Anna Patten and Kirsty Hanson have contributed to a positive change to the team on the pitch.
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On ex-Everton captain Turner’s defensive moves for Villa, Ward added: “She didn’t put a foot wrong.
“Danielle has been incredible not only on the field but also off the field with her professionalism.
“You can see why she was a captain and a leader at Everton.
Ward, who won WSL Manager of the Month for September, is hoping to extend her reign as club boss.
The Villa manager, who has seven months left on his contract, said: “I want to be here for a long, long time.
“I’m sure it will be discussed soon.
“It’s all good, I’d say yes. Hopefully that’s a conversation (that happens) soon.”
Villa are currently winless against West Ham in four WSL matches.
The London club won once against the Villans and sealed draws in three other top flight duels with their rivals.
At the Hammers, Ward sees a side whose style mirrors that of Konchesky on the pitch during his Irons playing days.
The Bescot Stadium boss sees his side’s opponents as “confident, aggressive and forward”.
West Ham player Konchesky, 41, said: “We want to build on what we did last year (finish sixth in the league).
“If we get a point or a step further in the cup competition, it will be a success for us.”