OPINION: Is Manchester City prodigy Park set for first England call?

England head coach Sarina Wiegman will name her squad for this month’s inaugural Arnold Clark Cup tomorrow afternoon.

The Lionesses will face Canada, Spain and Germany in a four-team tournament which will be held on home soil. Games will be staged in Middlesbrough, Norwich and Wolverhampton with fans across the country being given the opportunity to cheer on the Lionesses.

Head coach Wiegman is someone who strongly believes in consistency in squad selection, she has already made it crystal clear that players will only be selected if they are performing at their highest level and it will be fascinating to see whether any new faces can break into her selection.

With the likes of Ellie Roebuck, Leah Williamson and Lucy Bronze now fit, breaking into what already feels like an ultra-competitive squad will be tougher than ever for potential England stars of tomorrow but one player who might make the selection for the first time is Manchester City’s Jess Park. The forward has been a standout performer for Manchester City in recent weeks, nailing down her place in the side. Park has gone from being on the fringes of the Manchester City team to being a player who is in serious contention for a start every week. The youngster has made 10 Barclays FA Women’s Super League appearances for her club this season with seven coming in the form of starts, a big change from last season when she made just one league start.

The attacker has gained widespread praise for her performances in recent weeks with her head coach Gareth Taylor and Chelsea boss Emma Hayes amongst those who have paid tribute to Park. The forward made another start for Manchester City in their 1-0 defeat at Chelsea yesterday and she did not do an awful lot wrong with England head coach Wiegman present in the stands.

While Manchester City have been crippled with injuries at times this season, Park has been one success story to come out of a tough situation for The Cityzens. She has brought a breath of fresh air to the Manchester City side and the club’s fans are naturally excited about the emergence of another one of their own.

Park has represented England up to and including Under-19 level so far in her career but she looks to be one of the brightest young up and coming talents that the nation has to offer and the question has to be asked as to whether now is the right time to make her a senior international.

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