Meet the 14-year-old Norfolk girl who has been busy representing England
PUBLISHED: 09:13 11 June 2014
As football fans get set to cheer on England at the World Cup, a south Norfolk student has returned from her own footballing triumph after playing two matches for England's under 15s women's team.
Flo Allen, who goes to Langley School near Loddon, has been playing for the team for two years and helped them secure a 3-0 victory against Holland in Huizen.
The 14-year-old travelled to Holland on May 25 to stay at the team hotel before spending two days training ahead of their first international match in over a year. The game was followed by some more light training and another fixture where they walked away with another 3-0 win.
Miss Allen was selected to play the full 90 minutes in both games at right -back and then left-back.
She said: “I get nervous but a good nervous and it is such an honour to play for my country.
“When you put on the shirt with the three lions on your chest it’s amazing.”
Miss Allen started playing football at the age of five for her local team in Mulbarton. She joined Norwich City Football Club’s Centre of Excellence at the age of 10 and still trains with them for four hours each week, as well as playing matches on Saturdays.
She has now taken part in 10 England training camps and has gained four caps.
She said: “I really want to push on now and move up the ladder with England playing for the under 17s, 19s and then the senior team.
“I absolutely love it and football has always been a passion for me and my family.”
Now her season has come to an end, Miss Allen said she was looking forward to getting behind the men’s England team in Rio.
A spokesman from her school said: “We are immensely proud of her achievements and they are a true reward for her hard work and commitment to her football.”
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