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England players visit Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam

Sunday 16 Jul 2017
England players pose outside Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam

"It just makes you realise that we can all have an impact on the world."

That was Nikita Parris's initial reaction after visiting Anne Frank's house on Sunday afternoon.

Parris and her England team-mates were given a day off from their Euro 2017 preparations by head coach Mark Sampson, and a number of the squad made the 45-minute journey from their base in Utrecht to Amsterdam for an afternoon of reflection.

Parris said: “It was so insightful.

"I did history at A-Level and we covered Anne Frank's life a little bit, but actually going into the house was something else.

"I think it’s amazing that a young girl would rather pack away all her notebooks and a tin of marbles instead of her dresses. But that shows how smart she was. She wanted to tell the world her story.

"I guess it could be difficult for some people today to fully understand what Jewish people had to go through during the War and that's why her diary is so important.

"The diary is one thing, but obviously going into the house itself and seeing the bookcase and all the rooms was actually quite surreal.

"It fascinated me that much that I had to write a message before we left."

She added: "If you go to Amsterdam, you just have to visit the house."

England open their Euro campaign against Scotland on Wednesday 19 July before taking on Spain next Sunday and Portugal four days later.

By Glenn Lavery in Amsterdam