Report by David Brenchley
Page last updated at 7:18PM UTC, Friday, 02 March 2012
Fliss Gibbons is looking forward to her first taste of international tournament football when she joins the England Under 19 squad for a competition in Spain.
The squad flew out to La Manga on Friday and they will play three group stage games against Denmark (March 4), USA (March 6) and Iceland (March 8).
Having played only a couple of friendlies for the side before, Fliss is excited about the prospect of playing more games for her country.
She said: “I was shocked to get the call up but I’m really happy and looking forward to it. I have been talking to the girls that have gone before and they said it is a really good experience.
“It’s completely new to what I have experienced before – I have heard we stay in houses with four or five other girls so I’ll get to know them even more and bond as a team. Hopefully that will show on the pitch.
“It’s only a friendly but, with the qualifiers coming up everyone will be looking to go out there and impress and put in a good shift.”
The Under 19 squad includes a number of players contracted to Super League teams, as well as Everton coach Mo Marley taking charge and Fliss has learnt a lot from them.
She added: “On and off the pitch I always really enjoy it. On the pitch I learn loads – playing in any position you learn a lot within the game as a whole.
“Everything Mo says is really easy to take on board and I learn a lot off her and from talking to the other girls as well.
“Off the pitch we are always talking about what we can do to improve and stuff like that.”
Having previously played at left-back for her country, the winger has been filling in up front for the injured Gemma Bryan, and has been enjoying playing in her third different position this season.
“It’s really different. Left back and left midfield are the same sort of principles but playing up front is really different. It’s good to have versatility as a player and it is a good challenge for me.”
“When I was playing left back I could see the whole game and, likewise, when I’m playing up front, as the ball is coming up from the back I can see a lot more.
“I can see the wide players and I have learnt a lot from watching them as well. Playing up front works me on my finishing and my touch, because I am holding the ball up, so it can only be a good thing.”