Scoring for your country is the stuff dreams are made of, and for one schoolgirl it has become a reality.
Alice Hassall, 16, starred for England’s U17s in a friendly tournament in Madrid, and even scored in a 2-0 win over Turkey.
The MK Dons midfielder said: “I can’t even describe it. It was incredible. Every minute of it we were professionally treated.”
While overall results may have not gone England’s way – they lost their other two games 4-1 to France and 2-0 to Spain – Alice was pleased with her display against Turkey.
She added: “I’m always quite critical about myself. But when I scored it was overwhelming. I didn’t even know if I was going to play, so to score was incredible.”
Hassall was called up to take part in training camps at St George’s Park back in November after being spotted playing for Dons. But she said players are only told two weeks prior to a camp whether they’re in or not.
“It’s quite difficult not knowing when I’m going to be away but it’s a nice surprise when I am called up,” she said. “My friends used to joke about me being an England footballer when I was older.”