The cap fits for football star Jade Henry
The cap fits for Jade Henry who has just finished her college football career with a voyage to Estonia.
The former Stoke High School pupil, 18, a right midfielder, featured in England Colleges’ 5-0 win against the full Estonian under-19 side and the 2-1 defeat to the senior women’s side.
Ipswich-based Jade, who played for Brantham Athletic this season, has now represented the team on four separate occasions.
She made her debut includagainst Australia in January and also featured in the 5-4 aggregate win against Wales in the Anglo-Welsh Shield.
She was one of only two players from the East region to be selected for the final 22-woman squad, named in January.
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This all came after Jade was spotted playing for Suffolk New College, where she is studying an extended diploma in sport, and was selected for trials for the East Anglian region.
From there, Jade was selected for two further national trials before being picked in a squad of 33 to play in a series of games at Lilleshall Sports Centre, where the final squad was chosen.
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“I did not hear anything back for a while so I thought I had not been selected,” said Jade, who is set to move to Leeds to study a degree in physical education.
“When I was selected for the final 22 I was over the moon as it is not every day you get selected to play for your country.
“Football will probably become more of a hobby when I go to university but if there is a chance to play for the British Universities team I would do.”
Jade’s dad Mervin is a coach for an under-13 team at Hadleigh United, while cousin, Rhys has just won promotion at Ryman League side, Leiston.
There was always a chance that Jade would follow suit but the teenager explained her path as a footballer began with her childhood friends.
“I was the only girl in this area as a child and all the boys wanted to play football so I’d join in,” recalls Jade.
“I gradually got into the game and from there I joined my first team which was Ipswich girls.”