Blackburn Rovers defender Rhiannon Roberts recieves England call-up

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PROUD Rhiannon Roberts is celebrating an England call-up.

The Blackburn Rovers centre back, who lives in Burnley, has been selected in Brent Hill's 17-player Under 23s squad for a mini-tournament at Warwick University next month.

The 19-year-old, who spent her formative footballing years with Burnley FC Girls and Ladies, is Rovers' Young Player of the Year, having become a permanent fixture in their side since the turn of the year, helping Adam Lakeland's team finish seventh in the Premier League.

Rhiannon, who has also represented the England College side and British University team, now hopes to pull on the Three Lions against the USA, Sweden and Norway between July 7th and 12th: "I got the call last Monday and it was an amazing feeling, I was just so proud.

"I will be a bit nervous, but I feel I play better under pressure and I'm looking forward to it."

She added: "I've had a good run in the side since Christmas, and I've been pleased with my performances, but this has still come as a massive shock.

"But I'm sure it will be a great experience."

And while it is a case of one step at a time, joining Rachel Brown as a second Burnley-based player in the full England squad is an ambition: "I just hope to do well when I join up with the squad, but you always have that goal of wanting to play for the senior side."

A Blackburn fan, Rhiannon has lived in Burnley for the last decade, and played for Burnley from Under 12s onwards, before being spotted by the Rovers centre of excellence.

She made her Blackburn debut in October 2008, and has now started 16 Premier League games.