England Girls call up Kepier pupil Poppy Pattinson

Poppy Pattinson

Poppy Pattinson

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HOUGHTON schoolgirl Poppy Pattinson has an exciting 2015 ahead of her – after securing a place in the England Schools’ Under-15 girls squad.

Poppy, who attends Kepier School in Houghton, successfully played her way through three trials to win England recognition.

The first challenge ahead of the youngster comes in February, when the England squad travels to Portugal for two matches against club teams, as well as a coaching stint at Benfica’s training ground.

Then, in April, England will take part in the annual Bob Docherty Trophy in Scotland, with games against the host nation, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.