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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Furness footballing starlet Georgia picked for England

RISING football star Georgia Stanway has been selected to play for England Schools.

The call-up follows hot on the trail of her being chosen to represent the England FA representative side.

Stanway received her letter of confirmation for the under-15s schools’ selection on Wednesday night and her mother Joanne said last night: “Georgia is excited. She did really well at the trial, but you just never know who they want and who they will select in the end. We just had to wait until she got a letter.”

The Dowdales school pupil will face Scotland in her first England Schools match, an indoor game, on March 16, at St George’s Park, the newly-opened home of the National Football Centre, in Burton-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire.

A four-day tournament in Belfast at the beginning of April follows, then there will be a return match against Scotland in Glasgow, on April 20.

Stanway had a foot in both camps during the trials match at Lilleshall, Shropshire.

The pacy forward netted for the North and later faced her team-mates during a game, which was split into four 25-minute sections.

Stanway, 14, shone in the opening quarter, scoring a fabulous goal and putting in some super tackles and accurate passing. At the end of the first two quarters the stronger North side led 2-0 and after the break the teams were swapped around seeing Stanway turn out in a South shirt.

Unfortunately she saw little of the ball during this period, with the North running out 4-0 winners.

The gifted striker, who harbours hopes of one day playing for England at senior level, was in irresistible form when she played for the England FA under-15s last year, scoring twice on her debut against the Republic of Ireland at St George’s Park.

She came on as a substitute against the Republic of Ireland to help the England under-15s team sink the opposition 9-0.

Stanway has recently signed a new 12-month contract with Blackburn Rovers’ Centre of Excellence for whom the pacy striker has scored a netful of goals.

Her skills were spotted by England FA scouts, which led to her being invited to an Elite Performance Camp last year and to making her dream debut.

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