A PROMISING young midfielder with England hopes has spoken of her excitement after being offered a scholarship in America.

Alice Rush, 16, was scouted at a football tournament in Newcastle while playing for Workington's Reds Diamonds.

She was among three players from the team who were scouted and offered a scholarship in Kansas.

Alice, who is currently part of the under 19s St Helens rugby team, jumped at the chance to pursue professional career in football.

"I am over the moon," explained dad Andy Rush, who lives in Seaton.

"I have always said that if one of our girls made it it would be enough."

Alice, formerly of Lakes College, said: "I am excited but a little bit nervous."

She described how she was due to take part in her third England rugby trial prior to the offer from across the Atlantic.

Alice described how she hopes to play football professionally in America for a few years before returning to play in England.

The young box to box midfielder scored 72 goals in one season playing for Reds Diamonds and averaged between 30 and 40 goals from midfield.

Her family have started a fundraiser to help provide for her financially.

"It is for her to have some pocket money when she is over there," said Andy.

Dad Andy explained how due to the coronavirus pandemic his daughter will play in a 12-month season for Coffeyville Red Ravens, with games every Wednesday and Saturday.

Alice has a message for anyone who has supported her. "I'd like to thank everyone who has helped to get me this far," she said.

She will also earn a degree at the end of her scholarship. To donate to the fundraiser, go to https://tinyurl.com/y9swc53v.