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Chelsea striker Aggie Beever-Jones lifts lid on England 'dream' and 'tough' Emma Hayes talks

Beever-Jones could make her Lionesses debut this week
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Chelsea striker Aggie Beever-Jones says it would be a "dream" to make her England debut against France on Friday after enjoying an impressive breakthrough season in the Women's Super League (WSL).

A product of Chelsea's academy, Beever-Jones returned to Kingsmeadow last summer following a successful loan spell at Everton and played a crucial part in helping the Blues clinch their fifth successive WSL title. The 20-year-old scored 11 league goals in just 17 appearances for Emma Hayes' side and has been rewarded for her excellent domestic form by receiving her first senior England call-up.

She will be part of Sarina Wiegman's 24-player squad for the Lionesses' decisive EURO 2025 qualifiers this summer and admits it has been a "surreal" experience to be training alongside the first team at St George's Park. "I'm quite lucky I know quite a few of the Chelsea girls and obviously having been involved in the previous few camps as well," she told football.london and other media at England's training base on Tuesday.

"I've just been smiling the whole time and all of the girls have been so welcoming. It's a lot of pinch me moments and I'm just delighted to be here."

While Beever-Jones is yet to feature for Wiegman's side, she has long been part of England's youth set-up and was invited to train with the senior squad during February's warm weather training camp in Spain. "Coming into the February camp and Sarina pulling me (over) and saying she wanted me to be part of the matchday squad, obviously at the time it took quite a while to digest that information, but I think to be a part of that and to kind of have a taste of what it was like to be a senior, kind of solidified what I wanted and what I needed to do to get there," she said.

"It's also massive credit to the England pathway. I think I'm coming after Khiara (Keating) and Grace Clinton, who again are people I've grown up with, and they've been able to show their quality. I mean, Khiara this year has been phenomenal for City, and the same from Grace Clinton, and I think it does show how wonderful our England setup is and the more that are coming through the system just shows how good it is."

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Although Beever-Jones has been on the fringes of the senior squad for some time, she still wasn't quite prepared for how she would feel receiving her first call-up and admits she thought Wiegman was a cold caller when she called to deliver the news. "I’d actually just got home from training and we’d had quite a hard training session and I was quite tired so I thought I’d have a nap," the striker said.

"Then this number called me and I originally wasn’t sure who it was and I thought ‘It’s probably one of those people calling about windows or something’ because I’ve had that hundreds of times. Then the call came through again and I thought: ‘Maybe I should answer it.’

"So I said hello and answered it, maybe not in the most polite way thinking it was the window people. I didn’t actually hear an answer so I ended it and then it came through again and I saw Sarina’s face pop up and I thought ‘Oh god, I better answer it!’

"Obviously she said what she said and I was smiling from ear to ear. My family wasn't home at the time so I decided to wait and tell them to their faces. My mum and dad were obviously both delighted and it was obviously quite a nice moment to share with my family."

It has been a season of special moments for Beever-Jones, who has cemented herself as a vital part of the Chelsea squad this term after injuries to a number of the Blues' attacking players. Only Lauren James scored more WSL goals for the club than the 20-year-old in 2023/24 and she credits departing manager Hayes with helping take her game to the next level.

"I had a chat with Emma and said I want to be able to offer the best of my abilities and show what I can do," she said. "We had some tough chats about what I needed to work on and I think it showed on the pitch with how I was able to express myself. We came away with the title and it's just been a very good season for myself personally and as a team.

"I think I always knew what I was capable of and so it was just about being able to show it in high-pressure situations and I think that’s where I owe a lot of my success to Emma (Hayes). What she’s done for the women’s game speaks for itself and I remember once she said that for some people the weight of the (Chelsea) badge is too heavy. I remember listening to that and I thought I want to be able to show what I can do in high-pressure situations."

Certainly, that ability to keep a cool head under pressure will stand Beever-Jones in good stead for the rigours of international football. England will resume their EUROs qualifying campaign when they host France at St James' Park on Friday before facing Herve Renard's side again in Saint-Etienne on June 4.

And, while the next two games promise to be a tough test for the Lionesses, Beever-Jones believes the European champions have what it takes to come out on top. “The quality in Europe is unmatched with (teams like) Spain and France," she said.

"I think France are ranked third in the world at the moment. They're obviously a very good side as are we and I think it will be a really, really exciting game. It’s quite rare in football to be able to play a team back-to-back. I think it'll be an exciting game and we'll want to come away with as many points as possible.”