England stars back together for charity

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ENGLAND stars Jill Scott, Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Jordan Nobbs and Carly Telford will be back in Sunderland colours next week.

All five used to play for the Lady Black Cats before moving on to clubs in the top division of the women’s game ... as well as representing their county at senior level.

They will be joined in the “Old” Sunderland squad, which takes on the current line-up, by up to 20 other former players who have played under long-serving boss Mick Mulhern.

They include the club’s assistant manager Mel Reay, their strength and conditioning coach Julie Twaddle, and Jen O’Neill – now the editor of She Kicks magazine.

The charity game, in aid of the Blood Foundation, will be played at Eppleton CW in Hetton (2pm) a week on Sunday.

The event is being held in honour of three-year-old Finlay Kennedy. The youngster, from Penshaw, has an undiagnosed immune system condition, and has to have blood transfusions every week to maintain his health.

“We are playing the game to raise money for the Blood Foundation, and to help my good friend and boss’s son,” said Twaddle.

“All the girls were really keen to help out and it will be nice to get all the players back together.

“There’s been a good bit of banter back and forth between them about it and whatever we can raise will be great.

“We’ll give everyone a chance to play, even Mick (in a wig)!”

Admission to the game is £3 adults and £1 for concessions (pay at the gate).

There will also be a raffle with a signed England Women’s shirt donated by Jill Scott, boots by Steph Houghton and gloves by goalkeeper Carly Telford, plus other prizes.

“It’s a great cause and the day should be a lot of fun. We’d love as many people as possible to come along,” added Twaddle.