Taneekarn Dangda: Big brother Teerasil an inspiration

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Thai striker  will be following in the family tradition when she and her teammates take the pitch in next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The War Elephants have been handed a tough tournament debut after being grouped with European powerhouse Germany, fellow debutantes Ivory Coast, and 1995 winners Norway.

“Our preparations are going well,” Taneekarn told FIFA’s official website. “But we have to admit that it is very hard to play at this level since we are a newcomer and new to this tournament.

“We know we are underdogs in this group, so therefore we have nothing to lose.”

The 22-year-old, who played last year for Ostersunds DFF in the Swedish second division, is the sister of star Teerasil Dangda and daughter of former Royal Thai Air Force player Prasit Dangda.

“Our first coach was our dad, and our first experiences of football were together,” Taneekarn recounted of her football upbringing. “I have learned a lot of things from my brother.

“Nowadays I still look to how he plays because I can improve myself by seeing how he plays since we are in the same position.

“He is one of the reasons why I became a football player. I want to be like him both as a footballer and a person.”