Gemma Bonner looks back on a memorable England debut in the 8-0 win over Turkey
Gemma Bonner reflected on a memorable night for both herself and England Women at Fratton Park on Thursday.
The Liverpool defender was brought into the starting line-up to face Turkey by Interim Head Coach Brent Hills, as the Lionesses made it a perfect start to their World Cup qualifiers with an 8-0 victory.
With a hat-trick for Toni Duggan, a brace apiece for Eni Aluko and Ellen White and a goal for Natasha Dowie, it will be the forwards who make most of the headlines.
But unsung hero Bonner slotted into central defence alongside captain Casey Stoney to ensure an all-important clean sheet and admits it was an enjoyable experience.
She told TheFA.com: "I think it was a good game to come into.
"We were expected to win and we had a lot of the ball, so I enjoyed it and hopefully I can go and push on now.
"As we were on the attack constantly, you do have to stay concentrated and it can be hard at times.
"We got caught out in the first half a couple of times so you've got to maintain that concentration."
The 22-year-old had previously been capped by England at U17, U19 and U23 level so already had an element of experience on the international stage before Thursday's match in Portsmouth.
And she says having been in the senior squad previously without actually getting onto the pitch helped her towards Thursday's performance.
"With every trip I feel more settled, as you get to know the players by being in and around them," she revealed.
"You play against them week in and week out but I was just glad to make my debut today and it's a moment I won't forget."
Watch the full interview with Gemma, including her thoughts on Brent Hills' games in charge and the influence of Casey Stoney, in the video player below or through the icon to the right.