Six players are in line to win their first England Roses caps at Netball Europe this weekend.
George Fisher is one player relishing the opportunity to step up from the U21s and is hoping to use the competition as a platform for putting herself in contention for future selection.
But, for now, the 19-year-old is remaining down-to-earth and fully focussed on pushing herself in training and giving her best out on court in Cardiff.
Fisher said: “I’m really, really excited. It’s my first cap hopefully – fingers crossed!
“If I play well, who knows what will happen. I think it’s a big year for me.
“I’ve got to train really, really hard and I think if I train hard, then hopefully the things that I want will come.
“I can’t really say anything until that happens – a lot can happen in the netball year.”
The squad have been training hard in Loughborough as they finalise preparations for the weekend.
Several other members of the bronze medal-winning U21 squad from the Netball World Youth Cup are also in line to make their Roses debuts and Fisher believes their experience of playing together benefits the team.
She said: “I think it definitely helps so you’re not starting off from the first step, you’ve already done a few combos and you kind of know a bit more about each other and things like that.
“Also, I think that it shows that England, as a whole, are bringing people.” The Netball Europe squad has a mix of youth and experience – with Sasha Corbin selected as captain – and Fisher is thoroughly enjoying playing alongside and learning from the mid-courter.
She said: “So Sasha’s amazing – she’s a great captain, great player and she just rubs off on everyone.
“She’ll be like try this and you’re like ‘oh yeah that really works’ – and she’s not even a shooter so you can imagine what it’s like for the mid-courters!
“She’s also very buzzy and if everyone’s feeling a bit tired then she gets everyone up, gets everyone going and brings energy.
“I think she’s a really important person to have in the team.”
The Roses will be in action on the following dates:
Friday 6th October:
England Roses v Scotland, 12pm
England Roses v Northern Ireland, 8pm
Saturday 7th October:
England Roses v Fiji, 8pm
Sunday 8th October:
Wales v England Roses, 12pm
England are next in action on home soil for the three-match Vitality Netball International Series against Malawi this November, get your tickets now!