We’re delighted to announce Sophia Pharoah has been named in the England Women’s Under-17 squad for Phase One of their European Championship qualifiers.
Sophia, who plays for Saints’ Under-16s, will head to Lithuania between 24th October and 30th October, with England set to face the hosts, Slovenia and Russia over a period of ten days.
Speaking about her call-up, Sophia said: “It means everything to me to represent my country at such a young age, and I’m really excited to be joining back up with the team again.
“I’d like to think this shows that you shouldn’t give up on what you want to try and achieve, but always be ready for the challenge that awaits you.”
Sophia joined Southampton’s Regional Talent Club after Saints were awarded a Tier 1 licence from The FA last year, having been successful during a trial.
Girls’ Technical Director Lois Fidler said: “Sophia’s selection is an important milestone for her personally and for Southampton FC.
“A call-up for an England national team involved in a UEFA qualifying tournament is a first for Sophia and the Regional Talent Club.
“It will provide her with exposure to the next level and support her on-going personal development. It will also be an opportunity for her to share her experiences back at the club to inspire her teammates.”
Further to Sophia’s call-up, 14 players across the Under-14 and Under-16 age groups will be attending the Regional Excellent Camps, which form part of the Elite Female Pathway.
On the international stage, Ella Morris and Alisha Ware from Saints’ Under-14s squad have been included in the forthcoming England Women’s Under-15 Training Camp, while Under-16s player Mia Cruickshank is on standby.