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Julia set to dance rings round Dutch.

SCOTLAND'S national women's football team hope to lead their opposition a merry dance - after a ballerina was picked for the side.

Julia Ralph has been chosen as part of the 20-strong squad flying out to play a friendly against Holland next week.

Julia, 17, from Nairn, has been playing football since she was four, but she's been a dancer for even longer.

Now selectors believe she'll run rings round opponents when she runs on to the pitch on Monday.

Julia said: "I practised ballet since I was three, mainly because my mum Susan is a dance teacher.

"I also started playing football when I went to primary school. I saw all the boys playing and just joined in.

"They didn't mind when I showed them I could play, and pretty soon they always picked me for their teams."

Julia, a forward for Elgin in the Scottish Women's Football League, describes her feelings at being selected as "nervous and over the moon".

She reckons her ballet training has stood her in good stead on the pitch, and will help her even more at international level.

SFA spokesman Andy Mitchell, welcomed Julia aboard. He said: "She has played several times for the Under-18 team and her performances have induced the national team coach to promote her to the national squad."
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