Captain, chief, legend are the terms quite a few Liverpool supporters would use to describe Steven Gerrard and Missy Bo Kearns is determined to stick to in her idol’s footsteps.
The Liverpool midfielder is a diehard Reds fan and has turned into a vital player for supervisor Matt Beard in the Women’s Tremendous League, profitable the club’s Participant of the Year award for her performances past yr.
Kearns was rewarded for her wonderful form with a new deal this summer and has been vital to the club’s strong begin to the season in the WSL, with the Reds in sixth location with 7 points from their initially 4 video games.
The 22-12 months-old’s track record has ongoing to grow at intercontinental level, far too, with the midfielder being handed the captain’s armband by England Below-23s supervisor Emma Coates.
Now, Kearns has her eyes established on earning her initially Lionesses get in touch with-up from Sarina Wiegman and is decided to abide by in the footsteps of her idol Gerrard by turning out for England’s senior aspect.
Talking solely to talkSPORT, she said: “I think increasing up, it was often Steven Gerrard.
“I assume just the way he utilized to guide and thrust the group by means of [to earn] results [was inspiring]. He was a huge believer in that and he could also make your mind up the video game on his individual.
“It’s a huge factor captaining your region and I’m privileged more than enough to be provided the prospect. We have obtained a good team of ladies and I think it’s a excellent thing for me at this phase in my occupation to have that bit of more responsibility and to be a character in and all over the workforce.
“You want to make the action-up to the seniors and it’s certainly just one of my aims, so I’m just likely to keep performing tricky and focusing on what I can do to get there and just rely on the process.”
Kearns has appear a extended way from the times where she applied to look about the wall to look at Liverpool schooling when she was a child and now trains on the exact same pitches as her idols at Melwood.
The 22-year-outdated is also a major Luis Suarez lover and did not require a great deal persuading when she was supplied the quantity 7 jersey by Matt Beard two several years ago.
Her probabilities of earning the stage-up to the Lionesses squad have been further more boosted right after former Under-23s teammates Khiara Keating and Grace Clinton have been integrated in Wiegman’s squad for the Nations League matches from Belgium.
There is plenty of expertise in the underneath-23s at the moment – with Katie Robinson, Gentleman City’s Ruby Mace and Chelsea’s Aggie Beever-Jones all aspect of the squad – and Kearns believes there is now a crystal clear pathway into the Lionesses set-up.
“I’m created up for them [Keating and Clinton],” Kearns finished.
“I think they equally ought to have it. Khiara’s been fantastic for club and her individuality when she’s on camp [means] she’s a seriously superior character and I assume it will have a large impression on the senior squad when she’s there.
“With Grace as effectively, she’s from by mine and we have recognized each individual other for many years playing towards each and every other and I know how proud her spouse and children will be. I’m just as proud.
“I feel there’s so a great deal probable in the squad and I assume that is how we like it. It is competitive and you just can’t have a day off in coaching. You’ve bought to be at it 100% mainly because it is a environment course facility and the classes [and] the gamers are all at a actually superior amount.
“[Some have] by now had working experience at Planet Cups and senior soccer and that is wherever we’re all striving to get to.
“We’re all teammates, but we have got to compete with each and every other to verify ourselves and to get there. With the likes of Aggie, there is a different age selection, but they’ve all got likely and it is interesting.”