Alice in Wonderland after dream debut for England

Alice Hassall, MK Dons and England Under 17 footballer, is a student at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Aylesbury
Alice Hassall, MK Dons and England Under 17 footballer, is a student at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, Aylesbury
0
Have your say

Scoring for your country is the stuff dreams are made of and for one schoolgirl it has become a reality.

Sir Henry Floyd student Alice Hassall, 16, of Dinton, starred for England Under 17s 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.”

And with Arsenal and England striker Ellen White hailing from the town Alice does not have to look far for inspiration.

“I know a lot about Ellen,” she said.

“I look at her as a role model and see how she has progressed and I hope I can do the same.”

Hassall was called up to take part in training camps at St George’s Park back in November after being spotted playing for MK.

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.”

The GCSE student, who describes herself as a ‘tactical player’, added: “My friends used to joke about me being an England footballer when I was older.”

Those predictions have already proved as unerringly accurate as Alice’s shooting and now she hopes to keep making her mark for the Lionesses in the future.