Hey Jude: Police name puppy recruits after England football heroes

The seven-member Sprockers troop were just born earlier this week (Image by West Midlands Police)

West Midlands Police were inundated with worthy nominations for both past and current players, but after scraping over them, they revealed the names of Sterling, Jude, Lineker, Rio, Bronze, Keegan and Marcus.

The seven-member Sprockers squad was born just last week.

West Midlands Police Dog Unit Chief Instructor Dave Hibbert said, “We know how excited the nation was about the tournament and wanted to be part of the feel good mood.

“We had a fantastic reaction on social media after we asked people to name this throw in honor of former or current English players. We ended up only able to pick seven out of all the nominations, but we think there is one good mix there. “

“These are characters who have changed life in some ways, be it on the pitch with their talent or off the pitch with their efforts and achievements.

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

The dogs are named after Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Jude Bellingham from the current European Championship squad, England Women’s Lucy Bronze, and former players Rio Ferdinand, Kevin Keegan and Gary Lineker are due to start their police dog training later this year.

Hopefully they will be fully functional within the next 18 months and will help keep the roads safe.

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