Sheffield girl’s World Cup call-up

Meaghan Sargeant of Birmingham City Ladies. Photo by Dave Thompson - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

Meaghan Sargeant of Birmingham City Ladies. Photo by Dave Thompson - The FA/The FA via Getty Images

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A mum of a women’s footballer has spoken of her pride following her daughter’s World Cup call-up from England.

Sheffield girl Meaghan Sargeant has secured the dream chance to represent her nation in the U20s World Cup in Canada following impressive performances in women’s football’s top flight.

The 20-year-old is the second player from South Yorkshire to net an England call-up for the competition alongside former Sheffield Academy and current Doncaster Rovers Belles striker Jess Sigsworth.

And Sargeant’s mum Debbie, could not hide her pride following her daughter’s international selection.

“We’re absolutely delighted, we’re proud of all of the girls who are representing our country in this year’s World Cup,” said the 52-year-old from Littledale. “Meaghan is buzzing for the World Cup, she can’t wait to get going.”

Defender Sargeant was one of Birmingham City LFC’s ‘marquee’ signings this year following her switch from Lincoln Ladies.

The former All Saints Catholic High School pupil who played for Middlewood Rovers as a youngster was part of Arsenal’s academy having progressed through Sheffield United’s Centre of Excellence.

She has been capped for England at U15 and U17s level and was a member of the Young Lionesses’ U19 squad that finished runners-up at last year’s European Championships.

She and Sigsworth, also an England youth regular, will fly out with the national squad soon ready for the World Cup which begins in August.

* Belles’ Ashleigh Mills is in the squad for the Under-19 UEFA Cup in Norway. England play Sweden on July 15, followed by group games against Republic of Ireland and Spain with the top pair qualifying for the semis.