Barnsley College Football Academy coach Amy Turner is bubbling with pride after making a winning debut for the senior England women’s football team.
The 23-year-old, who is studying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at University Campus Barnsley, received a late call into the England squad which won the Cyprus Cup competition after former captain Casey Stoney suffered an injury.
Amy, a centre back who plays for FA Women’s Super League club Notts County Ladies, appeared as a late substitute as England beat Australia at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia before her first full international start in a draw with Holland at the same venue. England went on to lift the trophy after defeating Canada in the final.
Amy said: “It is a great honour to play for the senior England team although it hasn’t sunk in yet. It was a shock to get the call-up and everything happened so quickly that I didn’t know what to expect when I flew out to Cyprus.
“I seemed to be warming up for about 20 minutes before I came on in the Australia game and there were a few nerves, but I managed to get out there for the last few minutes. I didn’t expect to start the Holland game, however the manager Mark Sampson told me I’d be in the team the day before so I had time to prepare.
“The whole experience has given me a massive confidence boost and the drive to become a regular international.”