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Leicester City defender Ashleigh Plumptre is thrilled with her success with Nigeria since making her debut for the West Africans.

Plumptre earned her senior Nigeria debut in February 2022 after serving as an England youth international.

The 24-year-old assisted the Super Falcons in securing a spot in Morocco for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.

The defender was crucial in helping the nine-time African champions reach the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in about the World Cup,” she told BBC Sport Africa.

“I never thought I would play in a World Cup, whether it was with England or Nigeria. I never thought it would be a thing.

“I remember watching the England Under-20s at the World Cup when I was about that age. I wasn’t thinking that would be me one day, and here we are. Crazy!”

Plumptre also remembers making the choice to switch sides and approaching the Nigeria Football Federation on her own.

“I always have to do something for a purpose,” the 24-year-old said.

“I’m somebody who is a bit different in football because I don’t just play to play it. I have to do it for a reason.

“When we won the league with Leicester I sat down with my dad and said ‘This is something I want to do’. It was actually my dad, who is my agent, who got in contact with Randy (Waldrum, head coach of the Super Falcons).”

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Leicester City defender Ashleigh Plumptre is thrilled with her success with Nigeria since making her debut for the West Africans.

Plumptre earned her senior Nigeria debut in February 2022 after serving as an England youth international.

The 24-year-old assisted the Super Falcons in securing a spot in Morocco for the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.

The defender was crucial in helping the nine-time African champions reach the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in about the World Cup,” she told BBC Sport Africa.

“I never thought I would play in a World Cup, whether it was with England or Nigeria. I never thought it would be a thing.

“I remember watching the England Under-20s at the World Cup when I was about that age. I wasn’t thinking that would be me one day, and here we are. Crazy!”

Plumptre also remembers making the choice to switch sides and approaching the Nigeria Football Federation on her own.

“I always have to do something for a purpose,” the 24-year-old said.

“I’m somebody who is a bit different in football because I don’t just play to play it. I have to do it for a reason.

“When we won the league with Leicester I sat down with my dad and said ‘This is something I want to do’. It was actually my dad, who is my agent, who got in contact with Randy (Waldrum, head coach of the Super Falcons).”

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