Lioness Grace targets U17s final
Having recently returned from leading England to three consecutive wins in their Qualifying group for the UEFA European U17s Championship, we caught up with Millwall Lionesses' rising star Grace Fisk.
The gifted 16-year-old captained England to victories over Moldova 9-0, Bulgaria 5-0 and Russia 4-1, but admits that she was surprised at the ruthlessness of her team's performances.
: "I think we were all a bit shocked. The teams were all good but we'd trained really hard to beat them, so it was a case of the training paying off. When we come up against harder opposition it will get tougher but I don't think any of us expected such good results. millwallfc.co.ukGrace told
"It was a very big honour for me to captain the team and it was especially good to win all three games. We have a great bunch of girls and I feel privileged to have been involved in the three wins."
Aside from marshalling a back four that conceded just one goal in three games, Grace also led from the front with a brace of goals against Bulgaria.
In typically modest fashion, she gave the credit to her coaching staff, adding: "It's not like me, I know, but I just went up for a couple of corners.
"We had organised set-pieces but I hadn't gone up for any in the first game. I had a little joke with our set-piece co-ordinator that I would have to score goals in the second match and I went and scored two, so I celebrated by pointing to her on the sidelines."
was also full of praise for U17s manager John Griffiths who was taking charge of the team for the first time in a tournament.
She enthused: "I really like him. He's brought a new atmosphere and a new vibe into the camp. As the new manager he's got new coaching techniques, which obviously, given the three wins, have proved to be very effective, so it's all been good."
Having qualified for the elite stage of the tournament, England will discover their next opponents when the draw is made on Wednesday 19th November. Whoever they get, Grace knows that a chance to make history is at stake.
"That is a big motivation for the girls to go and make history so we definitely want to qualify."
She continued: "Obviously I can't say at this stage whether we will get through but the girls have high ambitions because if we do qualify we could be the first England U17 team to ever reach the final.