Fliss and Charley selected for England Under 19's - Courteney on 'Standby'
Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 9:10PM GMT, Monday, 14 November 2011
Charley Clifford and Fliss Gibbons admitted they were both “shocked” to have been selected for the England under-19 squad next week.
The duo will travel to The Netherlands with the national team, where they will face the home country and former European Champions France.
It will be Fliss’ first experience of friendly action at international level, having played a training game against Ireland at the previous camp she was chosen for earlier this year.
She said: “I was shocked [with the call up]. I wasn’t expecting to go, especially considering the numbers have gone down. Last time it was a camp of 30 and they have reduced the numbers.
“The Ireland game was more of a taster of what was to come. They weren’t technically the best team so it will be good to play teams like France and Holland, who are obviously really good.
“I am looking forward to the challenge and I just want to do my best.”
The games serve as warm ups for the European Championship qualifiers in April, where England have been drawn against Austria, Finland and Wales.
Charley was part of the squad that narrowly missed out on qualifying for last year’s tournament and is hoping she can be a part of the side this time around – and that they can go one further.
She said: “Hopefully we can do really well out there and start to gel as a team, which will be great for the qualifiers as well.
“Everyone wants to go to the qualifiers, especially the girls that went last year. We were disappointed then but this year we want to do it differently and hopefully we can get through.”
Despite being a left-winger by trade with her club, Fliss has lined up as a defender for her country – a role she enjoys playing in.
“On my first camp they played me left midfield for a bit but there were a lot of forwards and not many defenders so I think they just put me there just for numbers,” she added.
“I know it is different but I do enjoy playing there. It helps me improve my play as a left midfielder as well because I can see what I should be doing and what the left back would want from me.”
Another Charlton youngster 16 year old Courteney Gibson, who has broken into the 1st team in recent weeks, has been placed on standby for the U19 squad. The games take place in Rosmalen, Holland on Tuesday November 22 and Thursday November 24.