AFTER picking up a Women’s Spring Series winners’ medal with Chelsea, Fran Kirby is targeting yet more success this summer with England at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017.

The Reading-born striker notched up six goals in five games to help the Blues pip Manchester City to the title, scoring in a final day victory over Birmingham to secure the crown.

But Kirby has little time to reflect on her recent success with Euro 2017 Championships kicking off in the Netherlands on July 16.

The Buckinghamshire New University graduate helped England pick up a bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup and is now hoping to go all the way at the Euros this summer.

“We want to go to the Euros and we want to win every game that we can, starting with the game against Scotland,” said Kirby, who moved to Chelsea from Reading FC Women.

“That’s just one game and we need to win that one and then go on to the next one.

“For us, we need to go in with a winning mentality, knowing that we are going to come away with the gold medal.

“I think there is that pressure now because we had that little taste of success, coming away with the bronze (at the 2015 World Cup), but I think that’s made us all really hungry to go on and win the gold now.

“We all celebrated winning the bronze medal but now we want to do two better and that’s our focus going forward.”

As well as tasting success at Chelsea, Kirby has experience of international tournament triumph having helped Great Britain to the gold medal at the 2013 World University Games while a student.

Held biennially in major cities across the globe, the World University Games (WUGS) sees athletes come together to compete across numerous sports with the Summer Universiade the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics.

This year Team GBR is preparing to send its largest delegation to the Games since 2011, with over 110 athletes set to compete across 13 sports in Chinese Taipei from August 19-30.

“For me, it was an amazing experience,” the 24-year-old said reflecting of the 2013 success. “It was my first actual tournament I’d played in away from home, so it was a really great learning curve for me.

“It was amazing and one that I’m never ever going to forget. It was a massive opportunity for me and one that I couldn’t turn down.

“I’d had a broken leg, so I needed to get myself fit to be able to play in the tournament, so I was really happy when I was able to score a few goals and come away with the gold medal, and beating the likes of Brazil and Mexico; it was something special for us.”

British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) is the national governing body for Higher Education (HE) sport in the UK, organising leagues and competitions for more than 150 institutions across 52 different sports. Over 110 athletes will represent the GB team at the 29th FISU Summer World University Games 2017 from 19-30 August.