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Dowie wants England call from Victory form

AAP logoAAP 25/11/2016 Ben McKay

White-hot Melbourne Victory striker Natasha Dowie has twin goals in mind as she prepares for the first Melbourne derby of the W-League season.

The first order of business is becoming the first side to stop Melbourne City's relentless charge through the league.

And if she can do that, the league's in-form striker believes she will be on track to represent England again.

Dowie, 28, has three goals in as many games this season, leading the W-League goalscoring charts despite Victory languishing on the bottom of the table.

On Sunday at AAMI Park, her side faces the most imposing test of their season to date when their cross-town rivalry resumes.

But Dowie - whose impressive CV includes stints in England, the USA and a quarter-century of caps with the Three Lions - says Victory can spring a surprise.

"Fair play to City, they ran away with last year and they're the strong favourites 100 per cent," she told AAP.

"But with a derby it's not about form, it's about who turns up on the day.

"I learned that playing for Liverpool. Whenever we'd play Everton - always classed as the weaker team - it was never easy.

"There's no point in playing the game if you can't get up for games like this and it would be amazing if we could turn them over and stop their unbeaten run."

Off the back of a short spell with Boston Breakers, Dowie said she was hitting new heights.

"I feel great and I'm probably in the best form I've ever been in," she said.

"I'd be happier if we were winning games. But on an individual note I can't be doing any more than I'm doing."

Dowie was the leading scorer in the 2013 English Women's Super League, but missed out on the 2013 European Championship.

Her qualifying goals helped England reach the 2015 Women's World Cup but the striker was again overlooked for the Canada tournament.

Still, she remains hopeful that good form over the Australian summer can help her win caps in the future.

"Ive been in and out of the England setup and I'd be stupid to say it wasn't in my mind. Every player wants to play for their country and go to the big tournaments," she said.

"With my goalscoring record, I feel like I should be involved."

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