Ladies Elite pair Amelia Hazard and Rebecca McShane have been selected for the England College’s National side and will set off on tour to Barcelona next week.

The pair have played a key role in this season’s successes, having featured in all the games when fit, accumulating over 1100 minutes of match time between them.

Outside of EDSV, the attacking midfielder Amelia Hazard started her season off with MK Dons. As the season broke into the half waypoint, Amelia began to attract much attention from FAWSL clubs, and her consistent performances caught the eye of Arsenal, who she signed for in February.

Hazard, a first-year scholar with the Elites has played in over 500 minutes of game time and has been involved in the vast majority of goals scored, bagging three for herself.

Defensive midfield player Rebecca McShane has also shared much success in football outside of the Academy. The second year scholar made her breakthrough into FAWSL side Watford Ladies 1st XI, after featuring for much of the season in their Development side.

‘Becks’ as she is better known has played in over 650 minutes worth of game time and has spent her time mostly marshalling our defence; however has still managed to produce two goals this season, one of which being a bullet shot into the top left corner in the league fixture against Spurs, cementing itself as our goal of the season.

Head coach of our Ladies side Leigh Nicol isn’t surprised by the call ups and believes they’re both fully deserved for the season they’re having.

“They are two players who consistently develop and are so hard working. Not just the intensity in which they train, but the quality that comes with it day in day out is something you would expect from football players who have the potential to play at the highest level, which they certainly do.”

Academy Director Chris Watters also said “It’s important to understand that these two great individuals come from different ends of the football spectrum.

Amelia came to us from a well-respected MK Dons academy. From there she has progressed onto the likes of Arsenal in the FAWSL, whilst Rebecca came to us from grass roots side Harvesters; however now they both play for FAWSL sides, as well as representing EDSV and England Colleges in Barcelona”.

The addition of Hazard and McShane now means that the Academy can boast four players to participate in this tour within the past two seasons. Last year, both Beth Lumsden and Megan Gordon were selected for the same squad, with the former being named as Captain.

The ongoing progression these two individuals have made from breaking into our first team from grass roots and development teams, progressing onto WSL football sides and now onto an England Colleges call up leaves us asking the question… What does the future hold for these two?
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