A YOUNG Dudley football fanatic has scored herself a place in the under-15 girls England football squad.

Thirteen-year-old Kate Ellis, who plays for Aston Villa has been selected by the Football Association to play in the coveted England team from August.

The Ellowes Hall school pupil has been playing football since she was eight, when she started to go to after school clubs.

The former Milking Bank Primary student began attending community football sessions, where her talent for the game soon became apparent and she was urged to join a local team.

After stints playing for Dudley United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, Villa fan Kate was delighted to join her team, and has been playing for them for the last three seasons.

Proud mum Wendy Bennett, said her daughter was "over the moon" at being signed up to represent her country.

She said: "Kate has won lots of trophies for football and while at Milking Bank she captained the girls team and the mixed team where she was the only girl.

"She has gained a lot of respect from the boys at her school.

"This is such a big achievement, we are very proud of her and she is so excited."

Following the selection, Kate will now travel down to Reading in August to join the rest of the squad where they will be put through their paces at the training academy for a possible forthcoming international game against Germany.