ormer England youth international, Ashleigh Plumptre has made her international debut for the Super Falcons of Nigeria.
TheNewsGuru.com (TNG) reports Plumptre made her international debut for Nigeria on Friday in the first leg of the 2022 African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifier match against Cote d’Ivoire.
Plumptre, born 8 May 1998, and who plies her international trade with Leicester City, started at left full back.
She had her first call-up for the Nigeria women’s national team in July 2021. Plumptre had represented England at under-15, under-17, under-19 and under-23 level, including at two tournaments: the 2014 and 2015 UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship.
Having earlier expressed an interest in representing Nigeria at senior level in June 2021, Plumptre received her first call-up for an eight-day training camp held in Austria the following month.
She qualifies to play for Nigeria through her paternal grandfather. She made an unofficial debut on 23 July 2021, starting in a 1–0 friendly win over Slovenian 1. SŽNL club.
In November 2021, she attended a training camp in Nigeria. In late December 2021, she was officially cleared by FIFA to represent Nigeria.
TNG reports Plumptre’s debut match for Nigeria was played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital territory (FCT).
She was involved in the 90 minutes of play as the Super Falcons went on to thrash the Lady Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire 2:0.