By Nik Brumsack

Arsenal Ladies star Jordan Nobbs has expressed her delight at earning her first call-up to the England squad.

The 19-year-old has been in fine form for Laura Harvey’s side this season, contributing five league goals and regularly drawing praise from her manager.

Her impressive performances have not gone unnoticed by England boss Hope Powell, who has named Nobbs in her squad for this month’s crucial Euro 2013 qualifier against Croatia.

“It’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was little and I can’t explain how excited I am. Hopefully I can do my best out there,” Nobbs told after Sunday’s 2-1 win over Lincoln in the WSL.

“I’ve started to feel a little bit more confident and a bit more settled at Arsenal. I’ve just tried to push myself as much as I can because I know how great the girls and the team are here.”

The central midfielder was not the only Arsenal player to be called up for England, with defenders Alex Scott and Steph Houghton, plus Rachel Yankey and Kelly Smith, also named in the squad.

And the teenager recognises that being at a club littered with internationals has helped her to become a better player.

“At Arsenal I’m in the best place possible in England. That shows with how many girls are already in the England set up. I owe a massive thanks to plenty of players on the pitch and obviously the manager,” she said.

“I’ve known Laura [Harvey] since I was about 12 years old, through the England ranks. She’s always supported me and pushed me really hard. I think that’s shown over the past year and a half and I owe a lot to her."

Harvey has again masterminded an Arsenal title challenge this season, with her team in pole position to win the WSL. The Ladies need four points from their final three games to retain their title - but Nobbs is taking nothing for granted.

“We don’t want to slip up and concede extra goals so we need to make sure that we step up to the mark because it’s not won yet," she said. "We need to make sure that in the next game we start smashing in more goals.”

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10 Sep 2012