England duo in town to coach youngsters

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ENGLAND international defenders Casey Stoney and Sophie Bradley enjoyed a day out in Doncaster yesterday, where they ran a coaching session for pupils from Trinity Academy.

Stoney and Bradley are both in line to start for England in next Wednesday’s Euro 2013 qualifier against Serbia at the Keepmoat Stadium, and they used their day in Doncaster to promote women’s football to local youngsters.

“It was great to see the enthusiasm amongst the kids,” said Stoney, who is likely to captain Hope Powell’s side next week.

“They were eager to find out how me and Sophie got into the game and how they can one day play for England.

“They seemed to enjoy the session and there were some really good players out there.”

Having previously played for Leeds, Bradley knows the appetite for women’s football in this part of the country and says she hopes some of the pupils she met can come and watch her and her team-mates take on Serbia.

“When I was at Leeds, every week I’d see more and more girls of all ages coming to our Centre of Excellence and that’s brilliant. There are a lot of young girls keen on football in the area and it’s nice to be able to give something back to them”

Bradley and Stoney also visited Pitt Street School in Mexborough alongside Brian Stock, Tommy Spurr and Oscar Radford from Doncaster Rovers, and all eyes are now on Serbia at the Keepmoat.

“We’ve got to win this game, to keep up the pressure on Holland at the top of the group,” said Stoney. “We drew 2-2 with them in Belgrade but should have been out of sight before they equalised. We want to make amends.”

Tickets for the game are £5 for adults, £2.50 for children and Rovers season ticket holders (U7s go free when accompanied by an adult). Call the ticket hotline on 01302 762 576.