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In her first season in senior women's football, Jordan Nobbs has achieved far more than most women footballers manage in a lifetime.
Having only turned 16 during the course of the season, the highly rated midfielder picked up a Championship medal as part of the Sunderland team which won the Northern Division title, as well as an appearance in the F.A.Women's Cup Final and captaining the England under-17s to the World Cup semi finals.
"It's been a great year, I've had such great success with Sunderland and England in this last year," she told Women's Soccer Scene with more than a hint of understatement.
"To be honest, being so young, I didn't think I would step in straight away in the first team. Mick (Mulhern) has brought me on a lot, I've learnt a lot from being at Sunderland and we've had some great achievements this year."
Jordan more than played her part in the match that finally clinched Sunderland the title, scoring twice in their 4-0 victory over Preston North End. "I was glad to get in amongst the goals, I was ready for that game," she smiles.
That game came just a fortnight after Sunderland played in the F.A.Women's Cup Final, losing 2-1 to Arsenal in front of more than 23,000 at Derby's Pride Park stadium. "It was one of the greatest games I've ever played in," Jordan recalls. "A massive crowd and playing against the best team in the league, it was an amazing day. The crowd were amazing and so was the atmosphere, even though you can't hear a thing on the pitch!"
Earlier in the season, Jordan led the England under-17s during their memorable campaign in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in New Zealand which saw them make it as far as the semi finals, something she looks back on with great pride. "The World Cup is one of the best experiences of my life and i enjoyed that a lot," she admits. "There will always be that disappointment (in the semi finals) because we got through by beating Japan and to fall down at the last hurdle was really disappointing. We did well to get that far and hopefully with the Under-19s, we'll get through and do that little bit better.
"We've learned a lot and we are a little bit older now. I think we have definitely developed and with a great coach like Mo Marley, we'll do well."
Now Jordan faces a new challenge next season as she will play in the top flight for the first time following Sunderland's promotion but she is still keeping her feet on the ground. "We'll have to work hard to get the same results as this year but a lot of the Sunderland and England girls want success," she says.
"It will be harder because there are some great teams in that league but we're still a good side and Mick's a good manager and we can pull through."
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