Arsenal manager Joe Montemurro Reading Women v Arsenal Women, WSL football match, Adams Park Stadium, High Wycombe, UK - 08 Dec 2019 Photo: Alan Walter for The FA

Arsenal boss backs teenage goalkeeper to shine for England

Arsenal head coach Joe Montemurro is backing teenage goalkeeper Fran Stenson to become one of the leading goalkeepers for the England national team in years to come according to reports on The Gunners’ official website.

The 19-year-old is already a member of the England Under-19 side and she has kept clean sheets in each of her last two outings for The Young Lionesses.

At club level, Stenson signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal earlier today. The player joined The Gunners in summer 2019 and is yet to make her first team debut for the club. Head coach Montemurro is predicting a bright future for the youngster though and has told Arsenal’s official media sources that he sees Stenson becoming one of, if not the leading goalkeeper in England.

“We believe Fran is probably going to be one of the best goalkeepers in England for the national team” said Montemurro.

“Obviously, she’s an important part of Arsenal’s process going forward with the way she plays. It’s exciting that a player of development, a player of that level has committed herself to Arsenal. We’re privileged to be able to be part of her development, to be one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”

After impressing at Under-19 level with England, Stenson will now be setting her sights upon making an impact with the next age group. Should the player begin to get some first team playing experience under her belt with Arsenal, there could be an opportunity to speed up her graduation towards to senior team.

Stenson enjoyed her first taste of regular first team football last season during a loan spell with Blackburn Rovers. She helped the Lancashire club successfully retain their FA Women’s Championship status for a second year following their promotion in 2018/2019.

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