Mo Marley says England are keen to make their mark at next month's U19 Euros
Mo Marley believes her England Women’s U19 side have something to prove when they get their Euro 2013 campaign under way next month.
The Young Lions will face Denmark, France and host nation Wales from 19-25 August.
Marley’s charges made it to the finals despite losing 5-4 to Serbia in their opening qualifier in April, beating Hungary and Norway in their next two games.
England won this competition for the first time in 2009, with five of that squad being selected for the seniors’ Euro campaign in Sweden earlier this month.
But they exited the U19 Euros at the group stage last season and failed to qualify the year before.
Marley told UEFA.com: “We've got a lot to prove because we haven't been outstanding the last couple of years.
“The team we took to Norway [for the second qualifying round] had an average age of around 17 years and eight months – that's a very, very young team. They'd never really played together and the back five in the first game against Serbia had about two caps between them.
“It's no surprise that results of that kind happen, because of the lack of exposure [to international football]. To respond with two clean sheets and two wins after that shows there's potential.
She continued: “The players took a bit more responsibility in certain areas, took pride about not conceding goals – they set that task themselves, and that is what they didn't [do]. That was the turning point between losing the first game and an amazing recovery to qualify for the finals.”
The Head Coach has stepped up her Euro preparations by calling up 24 players for a two-day training camp at St. George’s Park at the end of the month. This follows on from similar camps held earlier this month and in June.
Five players represent FA Women’s Cup holders, and reigning FA WSL champions, Arsenal, while four helped Aston Villa win The FA Women’s Premier League Cup in May. Sunderland hotshot Beth Mead is also included.
And Marley says her players are relishing the chance to appear in a Euro finals virtually on their own doorstep.
She added: “It was important to make sure we were here, because it feels a bit more like a home tournament for us, with Wales being so close.
"It's not very often the players' parents and family, their club friends and people associated with them actually get to come and see them play. It's a big thing for the players.
“First and foremost we are just glad to be here [because] it looked like we weren't going to qualify, but then there is [2014 FIFA U20 Women's] World Cup qualification at stake, so the big task is to get out of the group.”
Squad for training camp
Elizabeth Durack (Everton), Jess Myers (Birmingham City), Megan Walsh (Aston Villa)
Jade Bailey (Arsenal), Molly Bartrip (Arsenal), Martha Harris (Lincoln Ladies), Vyan Sampson (Arsenal), Meaghan Sargeant (Lincoln Ladies), Ellie Stewart (Liverpool), Paige Williams (Everton), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
Maddy Cusack (Aston Villa), Felicity Gibbons (Watford), Sherry McCue (Aston Villa), Frances Steele (Arsenal), Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Aston Villa), Katie Zelem (Liverpool)
Rebekah Bass (Leeds United), Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Natasha Flint (Manchester City), Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City), Evie Manning (Blackburn Rovers), Beth Mead (Sunderland), Jess Sigsworth (Doncaster Rovers Belles).