By Jill Scott For The Daily Mail
Published: 23:55 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 23:55 GMT, 8 November 2019
I played one of my first competitive games for England against Germany when Hope Powell named Carly Telford and me in the 2007 World Cup squad. My first thought was, 'I'm going to China with my best mate for a bit of a jolly'.. I was wrong.
I came on as a substitute in the first match against Japan and was then told I'd be starting our second group game. I had about six senior caps to my name and I had just been told I was starting a World Cup game against Germany. You can imagine how I was feeling!
The game ended 0-0 and was considered a massive result for us at that time. When I look back on it now, throwing me into that game was the best thing Powell could have done. It made me realise how much work you have to put in to be able