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England Under-23
« on: July 21, 2007, 05:59:10 PM »

By Alex Stone. Wednesday, 11 July 2007.
Women's U23s Nordic Tournament
Vassa, Finland

Finland v England, Wednesday 18 July (Vassa, 6.30pm local time)
England v Germany, Friday 20 July (Vassa, 6.30pm local time)
England v TBC, Monday 24 July

In a busy time for England Women's teams, Brent Hills will take a squad of 18 players to the Nordic U23 Tournament on Monday.

The U23 tournament was won by Germany last year and in the past has been used by competing teams as a final testing ground before elevating players to their senior sides.

"This squad has a range of abilities and international experience" Brent told TheFA.com "but the level of competition we'll encounter can only be good for the development of our players.

"We have four players in the current senior squad of 30 and if they have a strong tournament, it will do them no harm at all, when it comes to Hope selecting her final 21 players for China (and the Women's World Cup).

"For others, it's a chance to show that they can do and press their claims for senior international recognition, whilst for Grace McCatty and Emma Thomas, this will their first taste at a higher level."

This year there are only six competing teams compared the usual eight, but plans have already been made for The Three Lions to play Norway on the last rest day, guaranteeing the players four very tough games.

"The four top ranked countries in the world will be in Finland" continued Brent "and that calibre of opposition is exactly what this squad of players needs to test themselves against.

"When Germany won last year, they had at least five players in their senior squad of 20.

"The first year of the competition, nine of the Danish squad were also in their senior team, so we know that the games will be hard.

"With the European U19 Finals also at the same time, it's far from a quiet summer for our players, but as we continue to try and close the gap on the likes of Germany and the USA, these experiences are invaluable for the players."

This summer, two of the squad. (Rachel Axon and Jodie Taylor) have kept match-sharp playing alongside Faye White in Canada, whilst Kimberly Dixson and Lynda Shepherd have been in Iceland.

England's first game is against hosts Finland next Wednesday at the Hietalahti Stadium in Vassa, and as always, TheFA.com will keep you updated on the progress of the squad.

England Squad: Nicola Hobbs (Leeds United), Carly Telford (Sunderland), Rachel Axon (Ottawa Fury), Kylie Davies (Chelsea), Michelle Hickmott (Birmingham City), Katie Holtham (Charlton Athletic), Kimberley Dixson (Charlton Athletic), Amy Kane (Everton), Kelly McDougall (Everton), Lynda Shepherd (Blackburn Rovers), Danielle Bird (Birmingham City), Carla Cantrell (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Gemma Davison (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Charlton Athletic), Dunia Susi (Chelsea), Jodie Taylor (Ottawa Fury), Emma Thomas (Watford), Grace McCatty (Bristol Academy)


http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandYouth/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/07/Stake_your_claim.htm
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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2007, 06:05:45 PM »
I don't know if there's any more news about how the U-23s are doing in Finland this week, but they are definitely playing Norway in a friendly on Sunday.

Norway's matches have been reported in Norway on one of the club sites, and there are some translations on here, under "Norway Women's Football".

One of the Norway squad does not entirely see the game as a friendly.  Lisa-Marie Woods is part-Scottish and sees the game as a chance to renew an old rivalry . . .
« Last Edit: July 21, 2007, 06:07:21 PM by Alan »
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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2007, 07:26:59 PM »
There not doing well 4-1 defeat against Finland and 2-2 draw against Germany. If any of the fringe player wanted to stake a claim, well I am not sure they did it.

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2007, 07:31:31 PM »
who are the fringe players?  They dont seem to have a strong squad anyway.

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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2007, 08:42:26 PM »
Potter & Telford and maybe one or two who could be dark horses to be in the final WC squad but I think if there is any surprise player in the  WC squad she is more likely to be  in Iceland with the U19 at the moment.

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2007, 09:23:45 PM »
England 2 Germany 2

Gemma Davison 10, Jodie Taylor 55 

England win 3-0 on penalties

Women's U23 Nordic Tournament
Friday 20 July 2007
Vassa, Finland

Brent Hills says his young outfit should have ambitions of playing in the senior side after watching them beat Germany on penalties.

The Three Lions twice took the lead against their famous rivals but after drawing 2-2 they emerged victorious after a 3-0 win in the shoot-out – a rarity against Germany.

"We have been practising our penalties," revealed Hills. "It really paid off. All our penalties were solid."

Just two days after losing 4-1 to Finland, the Three Lions took to the field against their famous old rivals in desperate need of a confidence boosting performance.

They started well, taking the lead through Gemma Davison who netted after ten minutes.

The Germans responded with a 50th minute equaliser, but England regained the lead within minutes through substitute Jodie Taylor.

However, the resilient Germans refused to buckle and made it 2-2 with ten minutes to go.

"England v Germany is always a special fixture," said Hills. "The players knew they could put in another performance like the last one. They competed as well as they ever have done in this age group."

Hills told the England players they need to add a level of consistency to their game, adding that a similar performance against Finland could have been enough to warrant a victory.

"We need to work on that," he said. "The players have missed an opportunity.

They could have been playing against the USA in the Final had they put in a performance against Finland.

"But this is a good tournament with good opposition. You want to play against the best teams. They will learn from the loss against Finland. But it’s about development and the players should be striving to reach the senior side."

England Squad: Nicola Hobbs (Leeds United), Carly Telford (Sunderland), Rachel Axon (Ottawa Fury), Kylie Davies (Chelsea), Michelle Hickmott (Birmingham City), Katie Holtham (Charlton Athletic), Kimberley Dixson (Charlton Athletic), Amy Kane (Everton), Kelly McDougall (Everton), Lynda Shepherd (Blackburn Rovers), Danielle Bird (Birmingham City), Carla Cantrell (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Gemma Davison (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Charlton Athletic), Dunia Susi (Chelsea), Jodie Taylor (Ottawa Fury), Emma Thomas (Watford), Grace McCatty (Bristol Academy)

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandYouth/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2007/07/EngU23_vGer.htm

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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2007, 10:31:12 AM »
England got trashed 3-0 yesterday by Norway , the link is the norwegian FA I don't speak a word of it. If anyone can translate

http://www.fotball.no/t1.aspx?p=51831&x=1&a=202408

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2007, 07:16:42 PM »
England got trashed 3-0 yesterday by Norway , the link is the norwegian FA I don't speak a word of it. If anyone can translate

http://www.fotball.no/t1.aspx?p=51831&x=1&a=202408

You can put it on to one of those translation sites, the results are usually a laugh...


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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2007, 08:09:47 PM »
I asked my norwegian colleague but he wasn't bothered sadly.

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2007, 11:41:19 PM »
Hi - I had a go at translating that article but unfortunately it's all about the Norway side of things which is not really a surprise.

Anyway if you are interested, it's on this site, but under "Norway Women's Football".

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2007, 12:01:56 AM »
Swede dreams
By Russell Staves. Tuesday, 24 July 2007.

England 1 Sweden 1
 
England won 4-2 on penalties

Women's U23 Nordic Tournament
Fifth-Sixth Place Play-off
Tuesday 24 July 2007
Vassa, Finland

England concluded the Nordic Tournament on a high note when they secured a second consecutive penalty shoot-out win, this time over Sweden.

Just days after getting the better of arch-rivals Germany on penalties, the young Lions were faced with a second shoot-out with fifth place at stake.

But England held their nerve to secure back-to-back wins.

"We have been practising penalties - we always do," said Head Coach Brent Hills. "You never know when you might need them. They could win you a tournament. But shoot-outs in tournaments like this are always great experience."

Earlier in the afternoon, England went ahead when Birmingham City's Danielle Bird curled home a stunning free-kick on 12 minutes.

The Three Lions had numerous chances to extend their lead but three missed one-on-ones and a goalline clearance meant Sweden remained within touching distance.

The Scandinavians would make England pay for their profligacy in front of goal with a late equaliser, but Hills' outfit would have the last laugh.

"All in all, it was a good performance," added Hills. "If we had taken our opportunities we would have beaten them. We really took the game to them after they had equalised."

The victory was the finale of England's trip to Finland where they lost 4-1 to the hosts before securing two shoot-out wins.

"There are no easy games at this level," said Hills. "We were battered by Finland but we then beat Germany, who then beat Finland 6-0. Anyone can beat anyone, that's why it's important that the players become more consistent. There is some talent here but they need to be less erratic.

"It's a question of preparing the right way. About 90 per cent of performances are down to preparation - that's training every day and playing in lots of tournaments like this."

England: Carly Telford, Rachael Axon (Emma Thomas, 46 mins), Michelle Hickmott, Kylie Davies, Katie Holtham, Amy Kane, Lynda Shepherd (Brooke Chaplen, 46 mins), Dunia Susi, Danielle Bird (Gemma Davison, 70 mins), Kelly McDougall, Jodie Taylor.

Subs not used: Nicola Hobbs, Kimberley Dixson, Carla Cantrell, Jo Potter, Grace McCatty.

http://www.thefa.com/Womens/EnglandYouth/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/EngU23_vSwed.htm

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2007, 10:32:14 PM »
Final results of the Nordic Cup, July 24:

Final:  USA 4, Germany 0,
3rd-place:  Norway 3, Finland 0,
5th-place:  England 1, Sweden 1, England won 4-2 on penalties.
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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #12 on: July 26, 2007, 10:02:16 AM »
That's two penalty shoot-out won.
Should any World Cup game go to penalty I would replace Brown by Telford at the last minute of the extra time.  ;D

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« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2007, 02:26:09 PM »
It shows the quality of the tournament when Sweden take the wooden spoon . .
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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2007, 11:15:51 AM »
That's two penalty shoot-out won.
Should any World Cup game go to penalty I would replace Brown by Telford at the last minute of the extra time.  ;D

I would replace Brown with Telford for the last 90 mins of the game ;D


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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2007, 11:33:09 AM »
Brown has more experience than Telford.

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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2007, 04:30:17 PM »
Brown has more experience than Telford.

I was sorry that Brownie wasn't playing in the game against Scotland.  Telford pulled off a save miraculous save in that game, no way Brownie would have made it, so if she had been playing she'd have been worth a goal to us, ha....


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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2008, 12:57:44 PM »
2008 U23 Nordic Tournament kicks off next week - shlj has booked his flight. :)

Group 1 Fixtures

15 Jul 08
England v Norway
Lindvallen,  6pm
 
15 Jul 08
USA v Switzerland
Kvarnsveden, 6pm
 
17 Jul 08
England v USA
Domnnarvsvallen, 6pm
 
17 Jul 08
Switzerland v Norway
Avestavallen, 6pm
 
19 Jul 08
England v Switzerland
Avestavallen, 2pm
 
19 Jul 08
USA v Norway
Färnäs IP, 2pm
 
Group 2 Fixtures

15 Jul 08
Germany v Finland
Hillängens IP, 6pm
 
15 Jul 08
Sweden v Scotland
Avestavallen, 6pm

17 Jul 08
Finland v Sweden
Hillängens IP, 6pm
 
17 Jul 08
Scotland v Germany
Kopparvallen, 6pm
 
19 Jul 08
Sweden v Germany
Kopparvallen, 5pm
 
19 Jul 08
Finland v Scotland
Domnnarvsvallen, 3pm
 
Play-offs
21 Jul 08
Play-off 7 v 8
Hillängens IP, 12pm
 
21 Jul 08
Play-off 5 v 6
Färnäs IP, 12pm
 
21 Jul 08
Play-off 3 v 4
Kopparvallen, 12pm

Final
21 Jul 08
Domnnarvsvallen, 4pm
 
Note: All times are UK time.

Source - F.A.

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2008, 01:09:11 PM »
Indeed, I will attend England Norway and England USA.
The squad is quite strong with a few players who will play in the U20 world cup in Chile.

Squad :


Danielle Bird Birmingham City

Danielle Buet   Chelsea

Kylie Davies  Chelsea

Gemma Davison  Arsenal

Kimberley Dixson Charlton Womens

Natasha Dowie   Everton

Rebecca Hall Birmingham City

Michelle Hickmott  Birmingham City

Danielle Hill  Everton

Ashlee Hincks  Watford

Stephanie Houghton  Leeds United

Marie Hourihan  Watford

Sian Larkin   Chelsea

Kelly Lawrence  Indiana University

Sophie Perry  Chelsea

Dunia Susi  Chelsea

Jodie Taylor  Oregon State University

Emma Thomas  Watford

Rachel Williams  Doncaster Rovers Belles


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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #19 on: July 12, 2008, 02:36:03 PM »

jodie taylor and emma thomas did not go kim dixon replaced and cant remember the name ofthe other player think shes at Chelsea or leeds