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Ellie and Sophie Selected for U19s

Two Sunderland Players selected to attend England U19 Training Camp

26 July 2010

Sunderland defenders Ellie Christon and Sophie Halliday have been selected in a 28 woman squad to attend an England U-19 training camp in Manchester.


The five-day camp will take place from 15-19 August and will provide Head Coach Mo Marley with the opportunity to assess a number of players who will look to take over from the recent crop of players who were runners-up in the 2010 European Championship in Macedonia. 

The camp will include matches against Denmark and the Republic of Ireland.

I am delighted that Ellie and Sophie have been called up to the England U19 squad,” said Sunderland Manager Mick Mulhern. “Ellie has been with us since January and has worked very hard on her game and will have a good future with Sunderland. She played at the back end of the season and impressed everyone with her performances”.


“Sophie had one or two injury problems last season, but is flying again now, which can only be of benefit to us. I believe this is a marvellous opportunity for Sophie to establish herself in the U19s squad.  I have no doubt both will do well at the camp.”


“It is important as a club that we continue to provide young players to the international set up and I am sure another two players will be involved in the U17 squad shortly.”


“This new group of young international players, in addition to the four girls who recently took part in the U20's World Cup, plus older players like Kelly Mac, Helen Alderson and Rachael Laws, shows we are continuing to progress as a club.


Everyone at the club wishes Ellie and Sophie the best of luck in Manchester.


Mary Earps, Tatianna Saunders, Danielle Gibbons, Isobel Foster, Carrie Simpson, Julianna Draycott

Sam Chappell, Naomi Cole, Hannah Short, Alex Greenwood, Kirsty Linnett, Jordan Butler, Ellie Christon, Lara Fay, Alex Mckeown, Grace Seeley, Georgina Kearney-Perry, Sophie Halliday

Drew Spence, Callan Baber, Charlotte Bennett, Emily Heaslip, Kaisa Lipka

Meagan Doyle, Fran Kirby, Paige Crossman, Lauren Bruton, Kate McLoughlin


Ellie and Sophie in action in a recent friendly against South Durham RA