Jess Clarke 'over the moon' with her England recall

Monday 05 May 2014
Jess Clarke said she is 'over the moon' at her recall
Jess Clarke said she is “over the moon” with her recall to the England Women’s squad.

The in-form Notts County forward has scored seven goals in six games and replaced injured club mate Ellen White ahead of Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in Shrewsbury.

It is the first time Clarke has been called up by Mark Sampson since his appointment as Head Coach last December.

England v Ukraine

FIFA Women's World Cup 2015
Group 6 qualifier
7.30pm, Thursday 8 May
Greenhous Meadow, Shrewsbury Town FC
Call 01743 273 943 for tickets
Live on BBC Two

Speaking to FATV on her 25th birthday, she said: “I wasn’t in the previous squads which was a bit disappointing, but I went away [and] worked on what I needed to do.

“I’ve been invited back into the squad which I’m over the moon with and I just hope I can do well.”

With a knee injury ruling White out for the season, County boss Rick Passmoor has moved Clarke from the wing to a more central role up front where she has thrived.

Clarke added: “I’ve had to step into the ‘No9’ role and I’ve really enjoyed it. I have managed to get on the scoresheet but I’m still learning [the position]. 

“Obviously it’s different from playing on the wing but it gives me a bit more of a direct role, running straight towards goal rather than providing the crosses for people to get on the end of.

“Hopefully I can continue my form.”

Watch the full interview with Jess above.

Tickets for the Ukraine qualifier are still on sale, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. Visit the Shrewsbury Town website or call 01743 273 943 to purchase.

England squad

Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)
Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Sophie Bradley (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
Remi Allen* (Birmingham City), Anita Asante (Malmo), Jade Moore (Birmingham), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Dunia Susi** (Notts County), Fara Williams (Liverpool)
Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke*** (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Kelly Smith (Arsenal)

* replaced Birmingham City's Karen Carney
** replaced Manchester City's Toni Duggan
*** replaced Notts County’s Ellen White

By Glenn Lavery