England Women's U17s v Finland
3.30pm, Friday 25 May, Eerikkika Sports Institute
Everton's Jessica Holbrook, will be hoping her international expertise can help her when she is set to become the first women's international to grace the new Wembley Stadium and end the season on a perfect high, on Sunday 15 July.
Ashton Under Lyne based 5-a-side team, the Curzon Ashton Ladies, will run out at Wembley for the final of The FA UMBRO Fives, the country’s biggest 5-a-side tournament, featuring Jessica amongst their ranks.
Jessica’s preparations for the Wembley final see her head to Finland tomorrow with her England teammates, who take on Finland at a Four Ntaions Tournament this Friday, with a play-off game against either Sweden or Norway on Sunday.
Jessica and her small-sided team mates have been in scintillating form scoring 12 goals and conceding just four goals in the regional finals for the North West.
Shauna Thornhill, team 'keeper, has also been chosen to take part in The FA's National Young Leaders Awards this summer following her coaching work with the Curzon Ashton youth teams and said: “We can’t believe we’re going to play at Wembley, we’re all really looking forward to it.
"We entered the tournament at the last minute, but we knew we had a really strong team, so we were in with a good chance of getting through to Wembley.”
Shauna, 17, added: "I think we might have a chance at Wembley and I’d like to do what Manchester United couldn’t do and climb the Wembley steps to lift the trophy.”
Lois Fidler's England U17 squad is as follows:
Lauren Davey (Watford), Julianna Draycott (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Lucy Bronze (Sunderland), Naomi Cole (Fulham), Martha Day (Charlton Athletic), Stephanie Marsh (Everton), Jemma Rose (Plymouth Argyle), Ruby Staplehurst (Fulham), Isobel Christiansen (Everton), Rachel Daly (Leeds United), Ashleigh Goddard (Arsenal), Jessica Holbrook (Everton), Jordan Nobbs (Middlesbrough), Letesha Cannonier (Leeds United), Rebecca Jane (Fulham), Melissa Fletcher (Reading), Rachel Pitman (Bristol Rovers), Demi Stokes (Sunderland)
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt