NINA Scammell, a goalkeeper in the Norwich City Girls’ Centre of Excellence, has returned from international duty in Madrid with the England Under-17 squad last week, having collected a pair of caps.
Scammell, 16, from Great Moulton near Long Stratton, played a half in a 2-0 defeat against Spain before getting 90 minutes in a 2-0 victory over Turkey.
The matches were part of a UEFA Development Tournament for Under-17 sides and fixtures took place at La Ciudad del Fútbol, home of the Royal Spanish Football Federation in the outskirts of Madrid.
The squad of 20 players met at the St. George’s Park National Football Centre in Staffordshire for a five-day training camp before flying out to Madrid for the tournament.
It is not the first time Scammell has earned international recognition after achieving caps for the England Under-15 side; making her debut against Norway in October 2011 and regularly being included in training camps.
Scammell was selected for the Norwich City Girls’ Centre of Excellence back in 2006 and has progressed through the age groups right through to the Under-17 side, with whom she now plays.
Hayley Collison, Norwich City Girls’ Centre of Excellence Manager said: “We are all so delighted for Nina, she has thoroughly deserved this opportunity and her hard work and determination has paid off again.
“She is a fantastic role model for those players in the Centre of Excellence who may have international aspirations.”
The Norwich City Girls’ Centre of Excellence runs teams from Under-9s through to Under-17s and open trials are likely to be announced for June.
Players may be selected for the Centre of Excellence, Elite Centres or Player Development Centres according to the recommendation of the Community Sports Foundation coaching team.
Details will be announced on www.communitysportsfoundation.org.uk