Aston Villa Ladies players Sian Rogers, Jodie Hutton and Asmita Ale all received international call-ups recently – we discuss why it’s more than deserved.
Words by Adam Nunn (@AdamReapa)
Edited by Regan Foy (@FindFoy)
International call-ups to England’s youth set up aren’t anything new to the Aston Villa Ladies side, with players such as Ebony Salmon, Mollie Rouse and Beth Merrick all receiving call-ups in the past.
The Aston Villa Ladies have always been an incredible base for a young English player to attempt to get involved with the international set-up.
It goes to show what a strong mentality the players have after a tough start to the season, and how much hard work has been put in to ensure that three players have been called up.
We take a look at the call-ups, and why they’re deserving of them below.
Sian Rogers – England U21
Sian Rogers could quite easily be considered one of the better goalkeepers in the division – and that’s not just from a Villa perspective.
Sian has kept the Ladies in a number of games across multiple seasons – and hearkening back to last season, she showed her true ability against Liverpool away in the Continental Cup, where at times she was forced to make a save a minute.
Her attitude both on and off the pitch is a reason she’s so deserving of the call-up, and you could say she’s a credit to the Ladies’ side.
Even though Rogers was injured towards the end of last season, her mindset didn’t waver, she came back better and stronger, and surely instils confidence into the defence in front of her knowing that they’ve got a fantastic keeper behind them.
Jodie Hutton – England U18
Jodie’s second call up this season is definitely deserved.
Always in the conversation when talking about the Aston Villa Ladies, Hutton has stepped forward at a young agents to be one of the brightest talents at the club.
Since the start of the season Jodie Hutton has bagged two hat-tricks, one against Sheffield United in a key game, and the other against Yeovil.
It’s been a tough year for Jodie off the pitch, but she’s been a credit to herself and her team-mates, showing not only what an incredible player she is, and could be, but what an incredible person she is too.
Our current top scorer before the Christmas break, and no doubt ready to get back on the score-sheet against Durham when the season resumes.
Asmita Ale – England U18
It’s very easy to forget that Asmita only turned 17 in November, as she plays beyond her years on the pitch, and she really shined during pre-season.
During the season, she’s not failed to impress with her defensive placement and how well she can read a game.
One of the shining starts in the game against Manchester City, she didn’t look out of her depth against full international players – and she’s definitely got a big future ahead of her – not only as a winger, but she’s been able to step in as a centre-back.
We’re incredibly proud to see our players receive international call ups and want to wish them the best of luck as they fly the Claret and Blue flag on an international stage.