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Hannah Hampton reflects on 'dream' England debut against Spain

Ali Rampling
Hannah Hampton made her senior England against Spain
Hannah Hampton made her senior England against Spain / Harriet Lander/GettyImages

Hannah Hampton has reflected on making a 'dream' England debut after keeping a clean sheet against Spain in front of 14,000 people on her first outing for the senior side.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper looked comfortable on the international stage, turning in an assured performance as England were held to a 0-0 draw in their second match at the Arnold Clark Cup.

Hampton was forced into a couple of routine saves in the second half as England kept one of the most technically gifted sides in world football at bay and maintained their unbeaten start to life under Sarina Wiegman.

"It was a dream come true for me," said Hampton. "I don't think I took a smile off my face from the minute I got told until now really, and I don't think it will be coming off my face for a long time.

"I couldn't really have planned it any better. You go over this day so many times in your head and what you wish for, and honestly the game then was more than what I ever could have thought it would be. The wait was definitely worth it and hopefully there's many more to come. I'm not pushing for anything I'm just going to see where it takes me and how often I get a chance and if I get a chance again - at the end of the day I've tried my best and that's all I could do.

"I just took everything in my stride and enjoyed it. I didn't put too much pressure on myself to make it a challenging day, I just went out and enjoyed it."

Despite her tender age, Hampton already boasts a wealth of WSL experience for Aston Villa and Birmingham, making her senior debut for the latter aged just 16. A maiden England appearance represented another key milestone for the youngster, who explained that she enjoyed the additional tactical challenges that international football brings.

"The pace of the game is a lot different," Hampton added. "Having bigger decisions you have to make - whether we're playing out or going long, recognising the opposition's press and what we're doing in relation to that."

And the worst bit of her international debut?

"I mean the weather didn't really help - I was quite cold."