Millie Turner, a defender for Manchester United, cannot conceal her joy upon receiving a call-up to the Lionesses squad.
Turner has not yet played in a senior capacity for the Lionesses, but Sarina Wiegman has selected her for the Nations League matches against the Netherlands and Scotland. While she had previously received call-ups from former managers Phil Neville and Hege Riise, she didn’t get any playing time. Now, she is optimistic about making her international debut in the upcoming two fixtures.
Turner said: “Honestly I think my neighbours at the start hated me because I was jumping around my house! I just remember my dad saying ‘Millie I’m so proud of you’ and he said that he had a feeling to be honest that I’d be called into this camp, so I think he’s been talking it into reality.
“They are all very excited to come down. It’s going to be such a special day for me and my family. They are all going to try and get down. I think there are about six of them coming. So, yes it’s going to be a really, really good day.”
Millie Turner will have her debut for England in Nations League
After playing a crucial role for United this season, Turner earned her call-up. Having commenced in every Women’s Super League game and netted her first goal against West Ham with an impressive effort, the defender’s contributions did not go unnoticed.
Turner’s inclusion came about as England captain Millie Bright had to step back from the squad due to a knee injury. This marks Turner’s initial call-up under the current manager, Wiegman.
In the upcoming week, Turner aspires to earn her first cap as the Lionesses engage in crucial Nations League matches.
Wiegman’s team must secure victories against the Netherlands and Scotland to have any hope of leading their group. Turner is part of the England squad alongside her Manchester United teammates Mary Earps, Ella Toone, Katie Zelem, and Maya Le Tissier.