Former England youth player Ashleigh Plumptre has received her first call-up to Nigeria’s Super Falcons, who are currently in Austria in preparation for a six-nation tournament.
Ashleigh Plumptre is a professional footballer who plays as a defender for Leicester City in the FA Women’s Super League. Formerly an England youth international, she received her first call-up for the Nigeria women’s national team in July 2021.
Plumptre grew up and attended primary school in Melton Mowbray, Born in Leicester, she began playing football at age 4 when she joined Asfordby Amateurs.
At age 8 she joined the Leicester City Centre of Excellence, spending seven years with the club playing from under-10 to under-15 level.
She left Leicester to join Birmingham City’s under-17 team in 2013 where she also had the opportunity to train with the senior WSL 1 team.
In 2014, Plumptre briefly joined third-tier FA Women’s Premier League side Derby County’s Centre of Excellence.
Why she’s eligible to play for the Super Falcons
Ashleigh Plumptre who currently plays for Leicester City as a defender has been capped 30 times by England at youth level but qualifies for Nigeria through the grandparent rule.
In an Exclusive interview with a member of NFF media crew, Ashleigh Plumptre made a striking revelation, Making it clear that despite the fact that she was born in England, her 51 years old father is a half Nigerian while her Grandfather is originally from Lagos State.
See more photos below of Ashleigh Plumptre and her father