Sunderland star has England ambitions

Brooke Chaplen
Brooke Chaplen
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BROOKE Chaplen hopes her move to Sunderland will help her dream of full England honours.

The Lady Black Cats signed the 25-year-old from Everton on the eve of the Women’s Super League season.

Obviously, training every day here and learning new things with Carlton will be a big help.

Chaplen has made 16 appearances for Queen and country as U19, U20 and U23 levels, scoring twice in the process.

But she has yet to be recognised at senior level, though she hopes the combination of becoming going full-time with Sunderland, allied to a successful season for the Black Cats, could change all that.

Chaplen has already stood out in Carlton Fairweather’s side.

She had a hand in both goals in the 2-1 win at Liverpool in the opening WSL1 fixture, being involved in the build-up to Beth Mead’s opener and then converting the penalty decisively after Mead had been chopped down.

Chaplen then impressed in the 1-0 home defeat by Man City, where the Black Cats were unlucky to emerge empty-handed from the match at Hetton Centre.

She had a good chance from a header only to go wide but her vision and link-up play has, thus far, been first rate, despite the fact she had no pre-season games to tune up in.

The Portsmouth-born attacker said she had no hesitation in joining Sunderland, leaving a full-time job in Liverpool to take up this role.

She hopes it will help catch the eye of England head coach Mark Sampson and his assistants.

“There are no guarantees I’ll get there, but I think I am putting myself into the best possible position to be selected,” said Chaplen who will be in the Sunderland side for Saturday evening’s WSL match against Bristol Academy at Hetton.

“It was great to play for the England teams I have played for so far.

“Of course, everyone wants to play for the senior international team.

“Obviously, training every day here and learning new things with Carlton will be a big help.

“You are able to work on different things and may be learn or improve aspects of your game you haven’t noticed before.

“I think it will definitely put me in the best position training here with the girls and the manager.

“What this club is offering us as players is brilliant, coming in and training every day.

“It can only make us better players and a better team.”

Sunderland play their third WSL match of the season this Saturday.

It has been a fine start so far, downing champions Liverpool in the opener before performing so brightly against title contenders City in front of a 1,400 crowd.

Sunderland lie fourth in the table with Bristol bottom, though Academy have played only once.