Senior Norway international Ingvild Isaksen reflects on her time at the 2008 UEFA European Women's U19 Championship, the frustrations of falling short but the joy of simply being there.
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When Norway's Ingvild Isaksen came on in last month's UEFA Women's EURO 2013 final, it was the realisation of a childhood dream – yet it was not the first time she had represented her country in a European showpiece.
Here, she reflects on her time at the 2008 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in France, when Norway reached the final before being edged out by Italy. She talks about the valuable experience, working under long-standing coach Jarl Torske and the the frustrations of falling just short, as the senior team did against Germany last month.