Grace, 18, who studies at NCC’s Epping Forest campus and is part of the college’s Tottenham Hotspur Football Development Programme, says she is proud to be representing her country – and is gradually building on her ultimate ambition to become an England Lioness!
She said: “I am excited to be part of the England Colleges squad. Football is my life and my passion. Every minute of every day I am somewhere kicking a ball or teaching other people how to kick a ball! It’s what I enjoy and I am looking forward to playing and training with different girls and continuing to develop as a player.”
As well as the trip to play against Italy in February, Grace, who lives in Loughton, will have many other opportunities through being part of the squad, such as high-profile fixtures and an overnight training camp at the FA’s St George’s Park – home training ground of England’s national football teams.
Already she has played in a match against Bristol Under 21s and the squad will take on the Independent Schools team in their next game. They then face the Army’s national side in a match in January.