PLYMOUTH footballer Jemma Rose has been named in a new England ‘Next Gen’ squad.
The Arsenal defender has earned one full England cap but has had to be patient due to the form of the players ahead of her.
The Football Association have now formed this new group of players to try and help young up-and-coming stars make the jump to the senior side.
The New Gen squad will replace the under-23 set-up and will be managed by England assistant coach Marieanne Spacey.
The Next Gen squad will regularly train alongside the England Women senior team to further enhance player development and align playing styles.
Seventeen players have been named in the first squad, which will meet at St George’s Park this Sunday for five days of training.
Spacey said: “This is an important change to the England Women’s international set-up.
“It will give our potential senior players the opportunity to be in an environment which not only mirrors the senior team, but also develops their understanding of what we want from our England players on and off the pitch.
“With training camps taking place alongside the senior camps we believe this will create a fantastic learning environment for this group and also an aspiration to step up into that senior group.”
Rose started her career at Plymouth Argyle before moving on to play at the top level for Bristol Academy and then Arsenal.
Goalkeepers: Lizzie Durack (Harvard University), Mary Earps (Reading), Danielle Gibbons (Liverpool).
Defenders: Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Sophie Howard (Hoffenheim), Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City), Jemma Rose (Arsenal), Paige Williams (Verona).
Midfielders: Jade Bailey (Chelsea), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lauren Bruton (Reading), Laura Coombs (Liverpool), Drew Spence (Chelsea).
Forwards: Beth England (Chelsea), Mel Lawley (Birmingham City), Beth Mead (Sunderland).