Gabby George has revealed how she had to shelve plans to watch England Women’s World Cup qualifier at Walsall FC on Friday night – after learning she might be playing in it.
George, 20, was due to attend the game with Everton Ladies boss Andy Spence but received her first ever senior Lionesses call-up on Thursday as a late replacement for injured Liverpool defender Casey Stoney.
The Toffees centre-back, who has represented England at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-23 level, could now feature against the Bosnians at Banks’s Stadium and will remain with the squad for next Tuesday’s qualifier against Kazakhstan in Colchester.
Mo Marley’s side are currently second in their group, having beaten Russia 6-0 in their only outing so far.
“I am obviously really proud and it means a lot to me,” a delighted George told evertonfc.com. “Ever since I got called up to England at Under-17s level, it has been a goal and an ambition to make the seniors, but now it’s a reality and it’s hard to put it into words.
“Andy was actually going to take me to the game on Friday to watch them, but now hopefully I will be a part of that.
“He deserves a lot of credit because he has been there since I was 16, pushing me and he always said if I don’t make it to the seniors then one of us isn’t doing our job properly.”
George, who became Everton Ladies’ first ever full-time professional earlier this year, is now ready to seize her chance at the highest level and is already planning to lay down a marker with the World Cup in France less than two years away.
“What I have done internationally from Under-17s to Under-23s, this is a reward for that, and hopefully I can continue to push on and one day be a regular in the set up.
“I’ve been part of Euros, World Cups and qualifiers at younger age groups, I’ve been part of quite a lot in the youth set up, but now it’s the real deal and what you work towards.
“I’ve always said I want to compete at the highest level so now I have the opportunity to showcase what I can do, and hopefully I do that.
“You want to go to a World Cup at senior level and that’s going to be my goal and ambition going forward.”