Leanne Kiernan believes the growth of the Women's Super League in England is helping with the development of her game as the Republic of Ireland international gears up for Tuesday's crucial UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifier away against Greece.
Kiernan is part of the Ireland squad for the clash at the Nea Smyrni Stadium which will be the international side's final fixture of 2019 and one of the most pivotal.
The match is live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player with a 1pm kick-off.
The 20-year-old was a substitute for the win over Ukraine and had a similar role in her most recent appearance at club level for West Ham as she came off the bench to set up the winner.
The Cavan woman played 22 times in all competitions in her first season with the Hammers, scoring six goals.
Meanwhile, England played Germany in front of a record crowd of 77,768 at Wembley on Saturday, a sign of the progress being made for the game across the water.
Kiernan told RTÉ Sport’s Tony O’Donoghue ahead of the game in Athens: "It’s going well at West Ham, we beat Reading last week so it is nice to come here on the back of a win.
"The standard has improved massively in England. The likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United have brought more competition.
"We played Tottenham Hotspur in our stadium – the London Stadium – and there was a massive crowd.
"It is great for women’s football. The World Cup had a big impact. It had a few million followers so it’s nice to see. It is great to see the support we get in Ireland at our international games and hopefully it grows more and more."
Ireland are aiming for one of the best second place spots or a play-off place and this fixture will be crucial.
Kiernan said: "It has gone well so far. We are delighted with our result against Ukraine so going to Greece three points are our priority.
"We’re not taking any of them for granted. It’s the likes of these games – the teams that aren’t quite at the level of Germany – that we need to get the result in.
"I enjoyed coming on against Ukraine when I could and overall it’s nice being back with the girls. I’m happy to be back in camp."
Watch Greece v Republic of Ireland on Tuesday at 1pm live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player, as well as live blogs on RTÉ.ie and the News Now app.