FOOTBALL runs in the genes for teenager Izzy Cook.

Izzy, who recently turned 15, has been called up by England Women’s U16s team for a fixtures camp at the FA National football centre, St Georges Park. She will make her debut for the national team against Mansfield Town FC.

“I’m really proud and pleased to be selected,” said the Thomas Keble Year 10 student, whose father Mike, played for Coventry City, York City, Cambridge United and represented England at under- U15s and 19s level.

Izzy is very much a sporting all-rounder having represented the county at cross country, where she trains with Chris Brown at Stroud Athletics Club.

However, football remains her passion, catching the eye in central midfield for Rodborough Boys’ U15 side, where manager Stuart Thompson has been coaching her since the age of six.

Izzy added: “Stuart has been brilliant, supporting me and helping to develop my game.”

Her busy sporting schedule includes matches for The South West of England Girls U16s team, Gloucestershire FA Advanced Coaching Centre for girls and Swindon Town FC Community Programme U16s team.

Izzy would like to thank all her coaches that include Stacey Miles and Charlotte Plumb (GFA), Jon Holloway (Swindon Town) & Sarah Lawler (head of girls football development in the South West).

Izzy has also been indebted to her school for fully supporting her England ambitions.

She said: “My head teacher Miss Maunder, head of PE Mr Price and my parents have been really helpful and supportive.”

Izzy hopes to continue with her football journey and attend Hartpury College to study in the future.