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21st Sep, 2021

Police pups named after England football heroes

Sarah Mason 22nd Jun, 2021

THESE patriotic police pups will be roaring England on in their Euro 2020 match against Czech Republic tonight (Tuesday).

The seven-strong Sprocker squad – named following a public vote on Twitter – were born last week and have been backing Harry Kane and the team during the competition.

They are called Sterling, Jude, Lineker, Rio, Bronze, Keegan and Marcus.

They have been named after Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jude Bellingham from the current Euros squad, England Women’s Lucy Bronze, and former players Rio Ferdinand, Kevin Keegan and Gary Lineker are due to begin their police dog training later this year.

Chief Instructor Dave Hibbert, from our police dog unit, said: “We know how much the nation has been looking forward to the tournament and wanted to be part of the feel-good mood.

“We had a fantastic social media response after asking people to name this litter in honour of past or present England players. We could only pick seven from all the nominations in the end but we feel there is a good mixture.

“These are figures who have made a difference to lives in some way, be that on the pitch with their talent or off the field with their efforts and achievements.

“We also want our dogs to make a difference in the future through helping to catch criminals and keep the public safe.”

It’s hoped they will become fully operational and helping to keep the streets safe within the next 18 months.

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