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Lincoln Ladies' Casey Stoney: Games will be the pinnacle of my career

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: July 03, 2012

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Casey Stoney has very much been there and done it.

She has amassed more than 100 international caps, secured the England skipper's armband, won two FA Cups and has experience in abunadance from a host of European and World Cups.

But after being called up to Team GB's Olympic squad this week, the Lady Imps star revealed this was perhaps the pinnacle of an already glittering football career.

There was also a call-up for fellow Lincoln centre-back Sophie Bradley while winger Jess Clarke will be first reserve.

"It is amazing news – not just for me but Sophie and Jess too," said 30-year-old Stoney.

"Having played for England so many times, people had been telling me I was going to get selected but until you actually get that phone call you can't afford to assume anything.

"There is always a bit of a shock when it comes to high profile squad selections and luckily it wasn't me.

"I am delighted. The Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world and to be a part of it is fantastic.

"The fact it's on home soil too makes it even better.

"Is it the pinnacle of my career? It's hard to say because I've been involved in some massive games for club and country but it probably is. It has to be.

"It's a massive honour and I can't wait to start increasing my training levels and then getting out there."

Stoney and Bradley have forged one of the strongest defensive partnerships in the Women's Super League and are expected to team up again at the heart of coach Hope Powell's defence.

After missing the last six weeks with a knee injury Clarke makes standby.

She boasts impressive international pedigree also after netting for her country in last year's World Cup in Germany.

"It's such positive news for Lincoln Ladies," continued Stoney. "Jess can count herself slightly unfortunate because she got injured at the wrong time.

"But the city can be proud of itself and hopefully we can put it on the map."

Great Britain, who consist of 16 English players and two Scottish, kick off their group campaign against New Zealand in Cardiff on July 25.

They take on Cameroon three days later in the same city, before tackling Brazil at Wembley on July 31.

If picked for the latter, it will be Stoney's first appearance at the new Wembley.

"I played in a pre-match at the old Wembley for Chelsea against Middlesbrough. It was the men's FA Cup final straight after and we were a bit of a warm-up game. It was great and we won 2-0.

"I've heard the Brazil match has already sold 55,000 tickets.

"In terms of the competition as a whole we will look to get through what is a tough group and then we are in it to win it."

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