Set sights high ad­vice from City star Iso­bel

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ENG­LAND Women’s foot­ball in­ter­na­tional Iso­bel Chris­tiansen, the 2016 Women’s PFA Player of the Year, told young foot­ballers at the King’s In­fant De­part­ment to “fol­low their dreams.”

“Long gone are the days when foot­ball was just for boys, in­deed, any­thing was just for boys or, in­deed, any­thing was just for girls, so what­ever your dream go ahead and make it hap­pen.”

Cur­rently re­cov­er­ing from an an­kle in­jury, the for­mer Rainow County Pri­mary School pupil popped in to the school on Fence Av­enue to tell her young fans, “how I still have to pinch my­self ev­ery day.”

She said: “I could never have imag­ined when I was your age that I would be able to have a ca­reer in foot­ball, but ev­ery day as I go to the Manch­ester City training ground, I have to pinch my­self and think how lucky I am to be a full time pro­fes­sional.”

The at­tack­ing mid­field player, who op­er­ates in the piv­otal Num­ber 11 role for Eng­land and the Sky Blues, says her next pri­or­i­ties are to help Manch­ester City win the League and Eng­land per­form well in the Eu­ros next year.

She said: “I learned the game play­ing in my back gar­den in Rainow with my broth­ers when I was just your age and I still have the same sense of en­joy­ment, even though I train ev­ery day from 8.30 in the morn­ing to four in the af­ter­noon and it’s now my job of work”

Iso­bel is pic­tured among King’s In­fants with King’s young girl foot­ballers Sa­vana Keefe on the right and Poppy Holden on the left.

Both Sa­van­nah and Poppy play on the school’s foot­ball team and say, “We are just as good as the boys and just as tough.”

Vice Prin­ci­pal and Early Years Leader at King’s In­fants and Ju­nior De­part­ment Emma War­bur­ton said: “As soon as I told the chil­dren that Iso­bel was com­ing they were very ex­ited, es­pe­cially Sa­vana and Poppy. It’s won­der­fil to have such a high pro­file, lo­cal role model pi­o­neer­ing the women’s game that our young­sters can look up to and learn from.”

●● Iso­bel Chris­tiansen vis­its King’s School

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