Everton defender Gabby George says it is “music to a player’s ears” when there are expectations on your team to win major tournaments by your coach as she prepares for this week’s SheBelieves Cup.
The 21-year-old will make her senior England debut if she appears in one of her country’s upcoming three games in the United States, and she was impressed with what new coach Phil Neville had to say on first meeting him last month in La Manga.
“He told us what he expects and what he wants and I think we’re all on the same page,” she said.
“Its music to players‘ ears when there is expectation placed upon you to win tournaments and not just compete. We’re an England side
George, who came through the ranks at Manchester United before moving to Merseyside, is enthusiastic to see what impact her new coach can have in what will be his first games in charge.
The highly rated defender, who captained her club last time out in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Arsenal before meeting up with the England squad, said she was keen to impress her new coach – whether she plays or not.
“I’m really excited (by the call-up), it’s my first senior tournament and I’m looking to go out there and get experience.”
“You want to impress every manager you’re under because you want to go there to play and show that you’re capable of playing. I’m excited to see what he (Phil Neville) brings to the team.”
George’s chances of featuring in the tournament, where England play France, Germany and hosts USA in the space of a week, have increased with a number of defenders out injured, including captain Steph Houghton, and the retirement of now England coach, Casey Stoney.
Chelsea defender Millie Bright, impressive during last summer’s EUROs, is almost certain to start, but who plays alongside her remains to be seen – and George is certainly in with a shout.
While she acknowledges there are no guarantees she will start, or even feature, the young defender is keen to make her mark and learn from those around her.
“You train to play, so obviously I want to go out there and do what I am doing in the league with my club.
“If I don’t play, then I will be there to learn, and if I do get my opportunity, then hopefully I can take it.“