A TALENTED footballer from Andover has been selected from over 400 players to join the England Colleges National Team for 2023/24.

Evie Murphy, who is currently a student at the Hampshire FA Academy, Stonham Sporting Complex, is one of just 20 players to be chosen to represent England in the pinnacle of college football.

The 16-year-old started playing football when she was 10 for Andover New Street, who were coached by Nic Turpin, and went on to be league winners and ESF National Champions.

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Andover Advertiser: Evie Murphy, 16, has been selected for the England College National Team 2023/24

Evie later moved on to Southampton FC Under 16s and has now signed on with AFC Bournemouth Women.

Evie said: “I’m so excited to be a part of the team and to represent my country. My goal was to wear the England shirt one day and I thank the clubs, coaches and Hampshire FA Academy for getting me there."

Head coach of Hampshire FA Joe Lea said: “At Hampshire FA Academy, we pride ourselves on developing our students both on and off the pitch. Our post-16 girls program is one of the leading of its kind in the area, and Evie's representation at national level is a reflection of both her talent and hard work, plus the support our program provides along with her grassroots' football.

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“From her first day with us, Evie has shown a desire to develop her game with a determined attitude in training as well as making good progress in the classroom. She had been a key part of the currently undefeated girls’ side, not only scoring goals but showing impressive leadership skills."

Evie, who plays at left back, will now train at St Georges Park.

Evie’s mum Kelly Wilson said: “From grassroots to representing England. Evie works hard and with girls football growing in Andover she is a good example for the girls that they too can get there.”