MOSSLEY schoolgirl footballer Maddie Stout has scored with an England call-up.Maddie is celebrating after being invited to an England Under-14 national talent camp, especially as she is only 12 years of age.
It takes place this weekend (Oct 26-28) at the University of Warwick, where about 40 of the top players in this age category will gather.
Maddie, from Andrew Street, has been rewarded for her consistent performances for Blackburn Rovers where she is in her second year in the club’s academy.
Dad Martin said: “England girls’ teams don’t have official fixtures until U15s.
“It is about getting girls with potential on a pathway looking ahead to when they start playing games.”
This season has been a massive step-up for Maddie, a former pupil at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, who was a key member of Blackburn’s U12 squad last season.
As there is no U13 team, Maddie had jumped up to the U14s, of which she is one of the youngest players.
Blackburn play against other academy sides, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Everton and Liverpool.
They have lost only once so far this season against Everton.
And in a pre-season tournament at the University of Warwick, featuring 27 academy sides, Blackburn finished third.
Last season at U12 level, Blackburn girls played in a boys’ league.
They won their division and moved to a higher one for the second half of last season, finishing in the top half and winning the league cup.
Maddie, a student at St Damian’s RC Science College, is a highly versatile footballer who can play right and left midfield and in both full-back positions.
Martin said: “Maddie has played mainly at left back this season, though she is not left footed.
“But you would never guess when you see her play at left back.”
Maddie, who dreams of becoming a professional footballer, was a member of Mossley Football Club’s junior programme from the age of eight.
She also trained with Manchester United’s development squad before signing for Blackburn, initially on a one-year contract.
Maddie is also an excellent runner and she represents East Cheshire Harriers and has won the South East Lancashire League.
But because of her football commitments, Maddie has had to scale back her running as she used to train three times a week with Harriers.