Charlton Athletic striker Ann-Marie Heatherson linked up with the England Under-21 squad yesterday aiming to bag a place for next month's Nordic Tournament.

England call - for Canvey footballer Ann-Marie Heatherson Picture: MAXINE CLARKE

The Addicks forward, who is from Canvey, will be at Lilleshall with national coach Hope Powell and the cream of England's upcoming talent training until Thursday.

Powell is using the four-day camp in Shropshire as England prepare for their first taste of competitive U21 action.

"This is a major step forward for our international teams and will bridge the gap between Under-19 and Senior levels," said Powell.

"We have been observing players in this age bracket for the last six months and with the clubs' assistance I believe we can make this a real success."

The call-up to training comes after Heatherson was rewarded for her sparkling season with the Addicks by picking up two pieces of well deserved silverware.

The 20-year-old hot-shot hit home 12 goals in 12 starts for the Valley outfit and, as a result, received both the national Umbro and Charlton's young player of the year awards.

Published Wednesday June 16, 2004

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