Alice in Wonderland as she joins fellow Vale teen in England’s Euro squad

Sir Henry Floyd pupil Alice Hassall has been called up to play for England at the European Women's Under 17 Championships        PHOTO: MARK BANNISTER
Sir Henry Floyd pupil Alice Hassall has been called up to play for England at the European Women's Under 17 Championships PHOTO: MARK BANNISTER

A pupil from Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School has been called up to the England Under 17 squad for their UEFA European Women’s Championship campaign which started this week.

Alice Hassall, 16, from Dinton, who plays for Milton Keynes Dons, said it took a while for the news to sink in after England coach Lois Fidler announced she would be part of her 18-woman squad.

She said: “I am delighted to be involved in the squad and I look forward to the opportunity to show what I can do on the international stage.”

Despite being given time off school to take part in the tournament, Alice said she would still be doing schoolwork when she’s not playing.

She said: “The school have been very supportive in giving me time off and organising extra classes for me .

“However, instead of spending time after matches hopefully enjoying a win, I will be sitting down and doing maths or physics instead!”

Also in the squad is defender Phillippa Cowley, 16, from Cheddington.

Phillippa, who plays for Arsenal, attends Cottesloe School in Wing.

Her father, Andrew, 44, said: “I’m extremely proud of her.

“She has worked very hard and deserves this chance.”

The tournament sees hosts England drawn in Group A alongside Italy, Austria and Portugal. Hassall played the full 80 minutes as England lost their first match of the tournament against Italy at Telford on Tuesday afternoon. They play Austria on tomorrow (Friday).