Tegan called up to join Wales under-19 squad

Tegan Wheeler (17) of Spalding United U18 Girls EMN-160811-095143002
Tegan Wheeler (17) of Spalding United U18 Girls EMN-160811-095143002
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Seventeen-year-old Tegan Wheeler of Spalding United Under-18 Girls and Ladies team has been given an international call up.

Tegan has been selected to represent Wales Under-19 Ladies national team after trials held at Wales National Football Development Centre in Newport on Friday, October 28.

The trials were split into three sections involving technical skills, small sided games and a nine-a-side game.

Tegan, who captains the Spalding United Under-18 Girls, came into her own at the trials and shone in the first two phases, after which some of the 24 players were released.

During the nine-a-side game, Tegan demonstrated her organisional and leadership skills throughout.

Her quick thinking and understanding of coaching phases and terminology helped her to progress.

A delighted Tegan was informed by Wales Football Association of her selection to the Under-19 national ladies’ team on Friday.

It is a just reward for Tegan, who has been a key member of the Spalding United girls and ladies teams for the past two years.

She has been mentored and coached by her father, Julian Wheeler, along with Jordan Clark this season for Spalding United FC Ladies.

Tegan has also represented the Lincolnshire Schools county team.

Away from football, Tegan is completing her FUTSAL BTEC level 3 at Peterborough United and Nene Park Academy.

She is looking to join the squad at their training camps in the new year and she hopes it may be an opportunity to progress further in the sport.

Tegan appreciates she may have to move to South Wales to further her football career, but she is relishing the opportunities this will bring.

Everyone associated with Spalding United FC, parents, family members, players and friends all wish her the best of luck for the future.