After two invaluable seasons with the England Women’s U19 team, Gemma appeared seven times for Brent Hills’s Under-23 side before receiving her first senior team call-up for the UEFA Euro 2013 qualifier away to Croatia in March 2012.
And she performed well enough at her new club Liverpool to be earn a place in Hope Powell's 23-player squad for Euro 2013.
In 2009, the centre back was a member of the England squad that travelled to the UEFA European Women’s U19 Championship Finals in Belarus while still a year younger than most of her team-mates. Although she did not feature in the Finals, Gemma watched on and would have gained a lot from the experience as Mo Marley
led the Young Lions to a maiden European title
The following season Gemma started four of England’s five games at the Finals in Macedonia as they came within 90 minutes of retaining their crown
The inevitable step-up to the Under-23s came soon after, with a debut against Germany in September 2010, and just 18 months later, her performances would earn her senior team recognition. Gemma also featured five times for the U17s, including appearances at the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2008.
In 2010, Gemma helped Leeds Carnegie to win The FA Women’s Premier League Cup
, alongside England colleague Ellen White
, Jess Clarke
, Laura Bassett
, Sophie Bradley
, Steph Houghton
and Jade Moore