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By Emma Sanders
England manager Phil Neville says he receives 20 Instagram messages from fans desperate to watch the Lionesses shirt is pulled by Leah Williamson.
When the 22-year-old was named in the starting line-up with the months friendlies from Portugal and Brazil, there have been messages of support Twitter.
The Arsenal defender, who played just six minutes in the summer World Cup, is now renowned for her dedication and desire, and is now one of Englands most promising prospects.
I screenshot each of the messages then send them to Leah, said Neville. Shes so common.
But shes competing in a place where weve got some unbelievable players. I thought she had been frustrated in the World Cup because we thought the same thing, and it was a tricky time for us .
That may have been the making of her.
A brief cameo at the group-stage triumph over Cameroon was all Williamson needed to show to her World Cup. Could have been happy to be involved.
I had been too passive in the World Cup and too happy with what I had because I was in the squad, said Williamson.
There were times once Ive thought to myself I truly dont want people to perceive me as comfortable without playing.
I play to get a top club at Arsenal. Ive been trying my whole lifetime to be the very best I could be playing for England will make me much better.
The protector has begun two along with Neville and williamson discussed these frustrations and appeared because France in all four of the friendlies of England.
Neville plans to play with her in midfield soon with all the friendly against Germany on 9 November in front of 77,000 lovers, an choice.
If I even dared to moan about the place I am in, especially at my age, playing for Arsenal and England, I think Id get a smack, Williamson added.
Williamson produced her 100th look in January, having made her introduction per day after her birthday.
As she helped the Gunners raise his first league title in seven 24, in April she was celebrating in the stands along with her mother.
You could cut open and she would bleed red and white, said London City Lionesses director Chris Phillips, who labored with Williamson for four years in Arsenals academy.
That fire was obvious as a teenager when she arrived off in tears.
I told her to not worry since there were larger games to come, said Phillips.
Almost a year on this day, she arrived and assisted the first team win the FA Cup at exactly the exact identical stadium at MK Dons.
It hasnt taken long for Williamson to stamp her authority over England.
Throughout the friendly win over Portugal on Tuesday, a victory that stopped a five-game winless run for the Lionesses, the youngster was screaming in team-mates and offered reinforcement five years her senior.
It is testament to dedication, her resolve and assurance that she has put World Cup disappointment behind her to grow into one of the vocal Lionesses in the squad.
I feel those moments against Cameroon were near sufficient to Leah, said Neville. I recall her going and you could see the emptiness in her eyes since she wanted more.
After I left the World Cup I thought long and hard about it – about how we can get this woman in our own team. And I spoke to [Arsenal manager] Joe Montemurro about playing with her in midfield.
After viewing recognised centre-back Williamson play in the center of the playground to Arsenal in pre-season, Neville said he hascomplete trust on her to perform a comparable job for England.
There comes a point in a young players evolution where you physically cant abandon them out, said Neville.
When you set them in a match you know how they are going to execute. Now shes ready.
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