TWO Fareham schoolgirls did their country proud after steering England girls’ under-15s to a 3-1 win over Scotland.
Jodie Brett, 15, from Henry Cort Community College, and Millie Farrow, 14, from Cams Hill School, both got on the scoresheet in the inaugural English Schools’ FA match against the ‘Auld Enemy’ at the Toryglen Indoor Arena in Glasgow.
Farrow bagged a double with a sensational right-foot volley and a neat finish to settle the result late on.
Meanwhile, her strike partner Brett got among the goals by netting from the penalty spot.
Brett is currently at Chelsea Football Club’s Girls’ Centre of Excellence, whom she joined aged just nine.
She has been a key figure through the under-10, 12, 14 and now, under-16 squads.
After striking England’s second goal from the penalty spot against Scotland, Brett was delighted with her maiden appearance for her country.
‘The whole experience of the weekend was amazing,’ she said.
‘It was an indescribable feeling from walking out on to the pitch, to singing the national anthem, to playing the game and winning.
‘It went so quickly and I didn’t want it to end. I made some good friends and I hope one day we will get to play again.
‘I am very grateful that I got the opportunity to experience international level football.’
Like Brett, Farrow was ecstatic to feature for the national side and believes there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to women’s football.
‘To play and score for my country was an experience of a lifetime,’ she said.
‘This occasion was just amazing and a memory that will stay with me forever.
‘It was the best match I have ever played in and I didn’t want it to end.
‘I believe we have proved ourselves as talented young female players and I really wish we get the chance to play together as a team again.
‘I also hope we have proved that there is a serious future in women’s football to come.’
England girls’ under-15 manager and coach, Miranda Hall, was quick to highlight the brilliant performance of the two girls.
She said: ‘Jodie and Millie worked well together and were a dream team up front.
‘With Millie’s lightning speed and Jodie’s creativity, this caused problems for the Scottish defence all game.
‘They were very professional throughout the whole weekend and were a pleasure to work with.’
Mr Munday, Brett’s principal at Henry Cort Community College in Fareham, added: ‘This is a phenomenal achievement for everyone in the team and it’s fantastic to see two young girls from Fareham as leading players on the pitch.
‘Congratulations to Jodie and Millie, as well as the rest of the girls’ football team on their incredible success.’