Lily makes her England debut
LILY Greenslade has always loved playing football.
So when the Chipping Sodbury teenager got to wear the three lions and play for England in an international, it was a dream come true.
Striker Lily made her debut for the England Under-15’s Women’s team against Switzerland.
The 14-year-old had to get time off from her studies at Chipping Sodbury School to travel with the team but it was worth it, as she played two matches, first as a substitute and then as a starter.
In total Lily played 80 minutes for her country and, although both matches – one against the Swiss Under-15s and the other against the same nation’s U16 side – ended in defeat, Lily loved the experience. She played the last 15 minutes of the 2-1 defeat to the U15 Swiss side and started in the 2-0 reverse against the U16s.
She said: “I’m just so proud to have represented England. I loved every single minute and didn’t want the experience to end.”
Football is a big part of life in the Greenslade household, as Lily’s twin brother Harvey plays for the Bristol Rovers Academy.
England Footballer Lily Greenslade and her brother Harvey
Their Mum, Sharon said: “They’ve both loved football from a young age, starting at Yate United when they were six. Harvey’s really proud of Lily and he came to watch her in Switzerland.
“Their football is a big part of our family life, they both train 3 times a week in different parts of Bristol and on the weekend they both play matches, and they can be anywhere from Derby, Southampton to Bournemouth...it definitely keeps us busy!”
After Yate United, Lily played for Bristol City Women’s Youth Academy for four years, before attending regional and national England training camps. Her performance led to her selection to the U15’s squad at the end of last year.
Lily’s school has to authorise time off for her matches. She’s juggling school work for her GCSEs and football but as the school offers some exams early this has helped.
Sharon said: “We’re just so proud of Lily. This is what she’s been working so hard for since she was young girl - nothing can take that away from her and she will have this as a memory forever.”
Top picture shows Lily Greenslade in her England kit as she made her debut