16:17 Wednesday 04 December 2013

England stars Jack Butland and Casey Stoney come to Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium

Written byDAVID BROOME

ENGLAND stars Jack Butland and Casey Stoney are heading to Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium tomorrow night to cheer on the women’s Under-17 team against Spain in the semi-finals of the European Championships, kick-off 7pm.

The Three Lions have played three group games, winning two and losing one to reach this stage of the competition.

Stoke City's Butland, currently on loan with Barnsley, won the UEFA European Under-17 final in 2010 and has progressed through the age groups to represent his country at senior level, and so knows what a big event it is for these young players.

“No matter what age group you play at, the chance to win something with your country is hugely important and I’d like to think those Euros did a lot for us all,” he said.

“They might not get another chance to appear in a Euro finals so they need to make the most of every opportunity - it could prove to be as big a step for them as it was for most of us.”

Casey is England Ladies captain and tournament ambassador, and has already seen the young lionesses in action.

“They have done really well to reach this far," she said.

"They have enjoyed the atmosphere and have grown as the games have gone on.

"I have been really impressed with their teamwork and support for each other.

"This game is going to be hard as Spain are a great side but I really hope they can put on a good show for all the fans.”

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