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England women name 24-player squad for France & Canada friendlies

England interim coach Hege Riise has named a 24-player squad for worldwide friendlies in opposition to France and Canada subsequent month that may type an essential a part of the preparation for the Lionesses’ European Championship marketing campaign subsequent 12 months and Great Britain’s Olympics journey this summer time.

There is a mixture of youth and expertise within the squad, with uncapped Niamh Charles and Millie Turner becoming a member of established stars like Lucy Bronze, Jill Scott, Jordan Nobbs, Ellen White and Fran Kirby.

Chelsea winger Niamh Charles might make her Lionesses debut | Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Manchester United’s Ella Toone retains her place after scoring on her England debut final outing in opposition to Northern Ireland, whereas Arsenal’s Lotte Wubben-Moy additionally makes the squad once more.

There is a spot for Beth Mead, who was initially omitted of Riise’s first England choice earlier than being added as a substitute in a while. Steph Houghton misses out by means of damage this time and Lyon’s Nikita Parris continues to be prevented from being included due to the coronavirus state of affairs.

After assembly for coaching camp at St George’s Park on Sunday 4 April, England will face France in Caen on Friday 9 April, kicking off at 8.10pm (BST). The recreation in opposition to Canada will then be performed at Stoke City’s bet365 Stadium on Tuesday 13 April at 7.15m (BST).

Lotte Wubben-Moy has an opportunity so as to add to her first cap | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Ellie Roebuck (Man City), Sandy MacIver (Everton), Carly Telford (Chelsea), Karen Bardsley (OL Reign)

Defenders: Lucy Bronze (Man City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Millie Turner (Man Utd), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Man City), Alex Greenwood (Man City)

Midfielders: Georgia Stanway (Man City), Jill Scott (Everton), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Keira Walsh (Man City), Lauren Hemp (Man City), Ella Toone (Man Utd), Niamh Charles (Chelsea)

Forwards: Ellen White (Man City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Bethany England (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Man City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash)

Man Utd duo Millie Turner & Ella Toone are each named within the squad | Charlotte Tattersall/Getty Images

“We have such an exciting group of players; many have enormous major tournament experience and others have proven themselves capable of competing for England at the highest level,” Riise mentioned.

“It was very important for us to secure fixtures against top opponents in France and Canada. France are currently ranked third in the world and Canada are eighth, so this international window will really test our squad against some of the best in the world.

“This is crucial as we move closer to the Tokyo Olympics, but also important as we continue to prepare this squad to compete at the home EURO next year and the World Cup in 2023.

“I look forward to two exciting fixtures and the opportunity of challenging every player to impress us and stake their claim for a place in the shortlist for GB Football. I have also been watching very closely those players from the home nations who are in contention for the GB squad and I will continue to do so right up until we shortlist next month.”

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