Thu, 21 Oct 2021

BEIJING, June 22 (Xinhua) -- Pitsamai Sornsai, all-time top scorer of Thailand national women's football team, is expecting to play at the next FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023.

Sornsai has scored 75 goals from 115 international appearances, but did not score in her first-ever World Cup in France last year, where Thailand lost all three group matches and scored only one goal.

In an interview with FIFA.com on Monday, the 31-year-old expressed her hopes to play for her country in another edition of women's football's showpiece event.

"Representing Thailand and singing the national anthem at the Women's World Cup is what I want to experience again," said the forward. "Should the opportunity arise, I will spare nothing to compete for the rights of playing in the next Women's World Cup."

"It (France 2019) of course enabled us to realize the strengths of those global powerhouses. Meanwhile, we should think about how we can improve as a team. Looking back at the basic elements and developing a strong youth national team may be the most important thing if we are to close the gap between us and the world's best."

Sornsai was not in the starting lineup in Thailand's chastening 13-0 defeat to the United States, but she started the next two group matches against Sweden and Chile. The Asian side only drove home a consolation goal in injury time by Kanjana Sung-Ngoen in their 5-1 defeat to Sweden.

Despite the poor results, it was a memorable experience for Sornsai as she cherished the rare chance to challenge the world best players.

"For me, it was a great experience which I will always cherish. And the chance of playing against the world's top sides doesn't come around often."

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