Girl power rules as England skipper drops-in

England captain Faye White with the Under-13 girls
England captain Faye White with the Under-13 girls

When you’ve set you sights on Wembley who better to deliver words of wisdom than a top international player.

As far as the women’s game goes, they don’t come much bigger than England and Arsenal skipper Faye White who made a surprise call on King Ecgbert School’s Under-13 girls football team.

With the npower Football League Girls Cup North Regional Finals just around the corner who better to offer advice and put them through their paces than Faye. The youngsters, who represent Sheffield United, are one of the last eight teams vying for a place in the Grand Final which is due to be played before the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final at Wembley on Sunday, April 3.

They face Middlesbrough, Stockport County and Walsall in the Northern Finals at Huddersfield next Wednesday with that once-in-a-lifetime prize awaiting the winners.

Not surprisingly, the girls were ‘delighted’ when Faye turned up for an impromptu training session. A role model for all female footballers, she knows exactly what it takes to succeed having won 22 trophies and 84 international caps for her country.

She said: “It’s great to be supporting grassroots football and an absolute privilege to be working alongside these extremely talented young girls.

“The npower competition champions the future of women’s football and the opportunity to play in front of a huge crowd at Wembley is an absolute dream for any footballer. It was so different when I first started out 15 years ago.

Then it was me and some boys(!) but it’s now the No1 sport for girls in this country and I’m hoping they will carry on playing the game. The standard has improved enormously and continues to improve.’’