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Stringer and Mannion among four Villa starlets called up by England

Double delight for Villa in Birmingham ability counts league Given fitness boost ahead of Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 opener
Stringer and Mannion among four Villa starlets called up by England

By Paul Brown

Starlet aces Abbeyleigh Stringer and Aoife Mannion are among four Villa Ladies to be called up by England for the Euro U19 Finals.

Stringer [pictured] and Mannion - who both came through the centre of excellence to sign senior contracts for next season - are joined by goalkeeper Megan Walsh and midfielder Sherry McCue in the 18-strong squad for the event in Antalya, Turkey.

Head Coach Mo Marley has been impressed with their performances this term and they travel to Eastern Europe on Monday June 25.

They will then face Sweden on Monday July 2, Spain on Thursday July 5 and Serbia on Sunday July 8 in the group stages.

Dependant on qualification, the semi-final takes place on Wednesday July 11 and the final on Saturday July 14.

Walsh has proven herself with the senior side this term, excelling between the sticks as Villa finished in third-place in the National Division.

McCue was also a vital player, darting forward from midfield to score her fair share of goals. She also is viewed as a versatile star, who played right-back brilliantly on the final day of the season.

Stringer, from Nuneaton, is a top-quality central midfielder. She has high energy levels, she's technically sound and understands different formations. She was the leading goal scorer last season in the centre of excellence division with 15 goals.

Mannion has been with Villa for five years and plays at centre-half. She is intelligent, quick, strong and aggressive. She can play full-back and central midfield too.

Villa Ladies manager Joe Hunt said: "These call-ups are fantastic news for Aston Villa. We're so pleased and proud of the girls - and it's ample reward for their performances last season.

"Let's hope they can go out to Turkey and excel for England."

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AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 8th June 2012