Striker to become club's first ever Women's World Cup playerFran Kirby is set become the first Reading player to represent the club at a Women’s World Cup and she has spoken of her pride at being named in the England squad.
The 21-year-old, who become the Royals’ first professional female player in November, is the only member of Mark Sampson’s squad that plies their trade in WSL2.
Kirby has notched 11 league goals in five games this season and she says that she cannot wait to get started in Canada, although admits that receiving the call-up was a surprise.
"I've been playing well but it is still always a shock to the system when you get a phone call saying you're going to the World Cup,” she told BBC Sport.
"A lot of teams don't know much about me and I'm quite small, so they could underestimate me. I don't know much about them and they don't know much and me, so it plays into my hands more than anything.
"The most important thing is gaining experience, especially at my age. I'm hoping to get as many minutes on the pitch as possible. I'm really thankful to Mark and the rest of the team for putting trust in me and I'm really proud to be in the squad.”