Esme Morgan admits she misses her England World Cup call-up as she prepares for her summer break.
The Manchester City defender was anxiously waiting for head coach Sarina Wiegman’s call when a daily routine got in the way of his search for success.
“Well I definitely missed the first call,” Morgan told Sky Sports.
“I was about to go on vacation and had a last minute delivery to Zara. So I went to the door to collect it, came back, checked my phone and there was a missed call from Sarina and Arjen. [Veurink – England Women assistant coach].
“I was like, ‘Noooooo!’ but a few minutes later they called again, thank you, and I said, ‘I’m sorry I missed you, I’m delivering!'”
Morgan received good news from Wiegman and Veurink and is now back at St George’s Park for two weeks in England’s pre-World Cup camp.
The 22-year-old started England’s last game in April but it was a night to forget for the Lionesses as their 30-match unbeaten run was ended by a Sam Kerr-inspired Australia.
“I was very disappointed with how I played the game in Australia,” Morgan said. “When you get opportunities like that you want to do your best.
“Even though I tried my best my output wasn’t anywhere near where I wanted it to be. So I was disappointed after it and it hurt my confidence a bit but I gave it back to my club.
“But there are definitely doubts whether they will keep their faith in me after a bad performance.”
Morgan, along with her parents and friends, went out to celebrate after the call by seeing one of her favorite bands.
“Coldplay!” he revealed. “I thought it was going to go one of two ways… crying to ‘Fix You’ or jumping up and down to ‘Viva la Vida’.
“I bounced up and down to ‘Viva la Vida’ and I really bounced up and down it’s fair to say.
“I was a little worried before because you see things on social media of people’s predicted squads. You’re in some of them, not in others and I thought, ‘Gosh, I hope Sarina thinks like those I have it.’.
“I have a good relationship with him and thought I played very well until the end of the season so I just hope it will be enough.”
As well as summer day and night gigs, Morgan’s short break before the camp also involved a trip to Istanbul for the Champions League final.
The lifelong City fan sat in the stands with team-mate Steph Houghton and club legends Shaun Wright-Phillips and Nedum Onuoha to watch their biggest win to date.
“We’re going crazy,” he said. “It took my voice a good four or five days to recover, I was shaking for a long time but it was amazing.
“When I saw them actually lift the trophy I had tears in my eyes. I’ve supported City my whole life and this has been the club’s biggest goal for many years.
“I saw the emotion of the players and that’s what scares me. As a player, when you achieve something like that and you put a lot of work into it, the culmination of lifting that trophy should put so much emotion through you.”
After missing last year’s Euros with a broken leg, Morgan hopes he will get the chance to experience the thrill of lifting its biggest trophy all summer in Australia with England.