Ahead of their friendly against France later this month, Mark Sampson has named his squad for the upcoming England camp.
At the same time as the announcement, the Football Association have confirmed that a France game will be one of two the Lionesses play in just a matter of days as after they leave the Keepmoat they’ll be off to Guadalajara, Spain to face the constantly improving Spanish national team.
With Sampson keen to prepare for next Summer’s Euros the friendlies seem like the most logical idea, giving England a chance to test their mettle against varied opponents they could very well be facing in Holland and it wouldn’t be surprising to see more scheduled ahead of the tournament.
Sampson makes just one change from the 23 he called up for the last two [Euro] qualifiers, Man City striker Toni Duggan is recalled as Chelsea’s Claire Rafferty misses out – with Alex Greenwood still side-lined this means Demi Stokes is his only option at left back.
Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Rebecca Spencer (Chelsea).
Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Izzy Christiansen (Manchester City), Jade Moore (Notts County), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Notts County), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Arsenal).
Forwards: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Danielle Carter (Arsenal), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City).
The Next Gens
Sampson’s England assistant, Marianne Spacey has also announced her Next Gen squad to train alongside the seniors in the upcoming camp at the end of this week. Already talking about seeing the benefits from the new Next Gen system and following some recent strong performances with the U-20s Spacey has opted to give Jess Carter, Sarah Mayling and Gabby George a leg-up to the Next Gen [U-23] set up.
Goalkeepers: Sophie Baggaley (Birmingham City), Mary Earps (Reading).
Defenders: Molly Bartrip (Reading), Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Jess Carter (Birmingham City), Gabby George (Everton), Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City), Satara Murray (Liverpool).
Midfielders: Jade Bailey (Chelsea), Lauren Bruton (Reading), Beth England (Chelsea), Ashley Hodson (Liverpool).
Forwards: Freda Ayisi (Birmingham City), Mel Lawley (Birmingham City), Sarah Mayling (Aston Villa), Beth Mead (Sunderland).