Arsenal’s Jess Ngunga has been called up to the England u19s.
Ngunga, who plays for the Arsenal Reserves, received a call-up to the u19 age group despite being just 16-years-old.
She had a successful summer with the England u17s team that reached the finals of the European Championships in May, and is now looking forward to taking another step up the ladder.
“It was great getting selected for England again because under-18s and under-19s are mixed together and there are a lot of people in those age groups,” Ngunga told the Islington Gazette.
“Throughout the year, England training depends on if there is an event like the Euros or World Cup, but I had three days of training (September 13-16).
“I was ready, because I’d already done some pre-season training with Arsenal.
“I haven’t had much time for a break this summer, but I don’t mind because I’ve got used to going into the club whenever I have holidays anyway.”
Ngunga was recently included in SSE Next Generation programme, an initiative that aims to give funding to promising young sportsman, and was given the opportunity to watch the senior team play Scotland in last summer’s European Championships in the Netherlands.
“It was good to go and watch the senior team in Holland, it was good to look up to the older England squad,” said Ngunga.
“We got to watch how they prepare and compared it to how we prepare.”
She would have witnessed fellow Arsenal player Jodie Taylor score a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing. Another Arsenal player, Jordan Nobbs, was also on the score-sheet.
As a striker, Ngunga will have plenty of good role models at Arsenal.
Legendary forward Kelly Smith is currently assistant manager, while the senior team has the exciting Dutch forward, Vivianne Miedema, who’s four goals helped the Netherlands win the 2017 Euros. Jodie Taylor, who scored five goals in that competition, is also still at the club although she admitted she is likely to leave when her contract expires in December.