Lincoln Ladies quartet help unbeaten England reach Cyprus Cup final
Lincoln Ladies' quartet of England internationals should go into Sunday's FA Cup tie with Chelsea in high spirits after reaching the final of the Cyprus Cup.
New goalkeeper Karen Bardsley, defenders Casey Stoney and Sophie Bradley and forward Jess Clarke have been away with Hope Powell's squad, which is preparing for Euro 2013 in Sweden in July.
The Lionesses beat Italy and New Zealand and drew with Scotland to clinch a place in the final, which was due to be played on Wednesday evening.
While games were played in the space of just six days, Lincoln boss Rick Passmoor believes the trip will have done his players good.
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"I've got to applaud England and in particular Hope Powell," said Passmoor.
"She's utilised the squad. She's taken a big squad across to Cyprus and given them all minutes on the pitch.
"Our players have been rotated and have been training with the sun on their backs and in a nice environment.
"I think everyone has, on average, played one full game out of the three before the final as Hope has been using it as a development exercise.
"It's worked to our benefit and hopefully no one comes back with any knocks."