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Sylvain

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Duo Named In U23 La Manga Squad
« Reply #160 on: January 31, 2010, 08:31:59 PM »
Doncaster Rovers Belles defender Chelsea Weston and attacking midfielder Rachel Williams have today been called up in to the England Under 23 squad for the upcoming La Manga Tournament.

The tournament in Spain is from the 19th to the 27th of February. Where they will face games against Germany on the 22nd, Norway on the 24th and the USA on the 26th.

Fellow players goalkeeper Marie Hourihan, attacking midfielder Precious Hamilton and forward Becky Hall have all been placed on standby for the tournament.

ENGLAND UNDER 23 SQUAD

Goalkeepers

Carly Telford Leeds Carnegie

Ashley Baker University of Georgia

Defenders

Kerys Harrop Birmingham City

Claire Rafferty Chelsea

marie hourihanChelsea Weston DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Fern Whelan Everton

Steph Houghton Leeds Carnegie

Sophie Bradley Leeds Carnegie

Ellie Gilliatt Nottingham Forest

Midfielders

Rachel Williams DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Brooke Chaplen Everton

Michelle Hinnigan Everton

Remi Allen Leeds Carnegie

Forwards

Dannii Bird Birmingham City

Sarah Kempson Chelsea

Natasha Dowie Everton

Ellen White Leeds Carnegie

Jade Moore Leeds Carnegie

Standby

Marie Hourihan DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Precious Hamilton DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Becky Hall DONCASTER ROVERS BELLES

Congratulations girls and good luck from everybody at the club.

http://www.doncasterroversbelles.co.uk/home.php?section=OPE&category=FTE&subcat=news&action=full&id=425

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Strange request by the FA
« Reply #161 on: February 05, 2010, 06:19:43 PM »
On the Forrest website is the usual squad list and game schedule plus an incredible footnote :

NB. Kick-Off times are given in local time.

All matches will be played on the La Manga resort pitches.

Please note that friends, family and club representatives are invited to come and watch the England matches. The FA kindly requests that, if you do wish to come and show you support, you do not stay in the La Manga resort.
:o ::)

http://www.nflfc.co.uk/main.php?articleId=48&pageId=3&teamId=

The accomodations are very nice over there and quite cheap as well and few minutes walk from the pitches.

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Re: Strange request by the FA
« Reply #162 on: February 06, 2010, 12:31:05 AM »
On the Forrest website is the usual squad list and game schedule plus an incredible footnote :

NB. Kick-Off times are given in local time.

All matches will be played on the La Manga resort pitches.

Please note that friends, family and club representatives are invited to come and watch the England matches. The FA kindly requests that, if you do wish to come and show you support, you do not stay in the La Manga resort.
:o ::)

http://www.nflfc.co.uk/main.php?articleId=48&pageId=3&teamId=

The accomodations are very nice over there and quite cheap as well and few minutes walk from the pitches.


Nothing the FA does surprises me  :'(
The pic is Tytti Porkka of Finland - I actually took it myself, but have lost all my pics and have no more :(

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #163 on: February 16, 2010, 12:00:35 PM »
I was just reading the list again and Gemma Davison has been dropped.
Quite strange to be honest as she is actually the English topscorer in the Premier League this season with only a Scottish player having scored more in the PL.

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Hills has eyes on Four Nations Tournament
« Reply #164 on: February 18, 2010, 07:14:49 PM »
England Women’s U23 Head Coach, Brent Hills, is currently putting the final touches to his preparations for the upcoming Four Nation Tournament, which has pitted his side against Germany, USA and Norway.

Hills will take his squad to La Manga on Friday where they will play three games in five days, the first coming against Germany on 22 February. His squad is a fusion experienced U23 campaigners, former U19 internationals and a number of players who have tasted the delights of the England Women’s senior team, and the former Watford and Fulham coach believes this tournament offers the entire squad an ample opportunity to impress.

“Our opposition are all very highly-ranked teams so it’s going to be a really good test for the girls,” he said.

“This tournament is a chance for all of the players to put themselves in the shop window for the senior side, as it has done previously. If you look at Dunia Susi, she used the U23s as a springboard to get into the senior squad and she actually made her senior debut last year, so that path is obviously there for anyone.

“But it’s also an opportunity for the eligible U20s to get three games in five days, a really tough schedule, against top teams, and use that as experience for the upcoming World Cup.”

The FIFA Women’s U20 World Cup, to which Hills alludes, will take place in Germany in July and England’s participation was sealed courtesy of their performance in last year’s U19 European Championship (England do not have a dedicated Women’s U20 side). The U19s won that European title and can now test themselves against the very best U20 teams in the world.

“We’re trying to give the U20s some vital tournament experience,” explained Hills. “We learnt that from the previous World Cup in Chile, in 2008. Mo [Marley, England’s Head Coach at that World Cup] felt that the U20s needed a little more experience against quality opposition, which is why we are taking them to La Manga, to give them tournament experience against some very strong sides, which they wouldn’t otherwise get as an U20 group.”

In addition to using this tournament as preparation for the U20 World Cup, in Carly Telford, Fern Whelan, Steph Houghton, Rachel Williams and Natasha Dowie, Hills has called upon five players with senior team experience, and there is a good blend among the 18-strong squad.

“We’ve got a very mixed squad with those U20 players and some more experienced players,” said Hills. “Danni Bird has been with the U23s for a while now so she’s got some good experience. Steph Houghton’s coming back from a long-term injury so hopefully she might be able to play a part in some of the games. A few of them were with the senior squad last month for a training camp; Claire Rafferty, Carly Telford, Natasha Dowie, Ellen White and there are some younger ones; Kerys Harrop, Michelle Hinnigan, Remi Allen and Jade Moore, so really it’s a real mixed squad.”

Through playing their way through the England development teams, many of these players have encountered European opposition on a number of occasions, so facing USA could provide them with a valuable insight into playing against a non-European style of play, but in Irishman, Bill Irwin, the USA have a coach who has a very European attitude to football.

“USA have tended to be a traditionally athletic side, quite direct, playing a high-tempo game. Under Bill they still play an aggressive, high-tempo game but he’s put in place a much more European outlook in their play, trying to play through the thirds more, maybe than they have done in previous years,” said Hills.

“That also might be partly down to the influence of their Swedish coach at senior level. They will be a very, very strong side; three quarters of their squad will be signed professionally in the Women’s Premier Soccer League. But if we’re going to be challenging the best at all levels then we’re going to have to challenge them at this level as well, after all, the U23s is just one step below the senior team.”

Notable U23 graduates who are now making their mark with the senior side include Alex Scott, Anita Asante and most recently, Dunia Susi, and Hills has challenged his current crop to follow their lead.

“When someone does really well with the U23s, I’m quite confident in going back to Hope [Powell, the Women’s Senior Team Head Coach] and recommending them for the senior squad. Hopefully this tournament will be a stepping stone for as many of these players as possible.”

http://www.thefa.com/England/WomensUnder-23Team/NewsAndFeatures/2010/BrentHillsLaMangaPrev.aspx

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Women's U23s slip to defeat in La Manga
« Reply #165 on: February 23, 2010, 12:33:25 PM »
Well done to the FA for a very fast news update  :):


First-half goal gives Germany victory in Four Nations Tournament.
England Women's U23s 0-1 Germany
Four Nation Tournament
3pm (GMT), Monday 22 February 2010
La Manga, Spain

Brent Hills' England Women's U23 side slipped to a 1-0 defeat to Germany in their opening match of the Four Nations Tournament in La Manga.

The decisive goal came in the 18th minute, with England momentarily down to ten players, however Hills' charges could have found themselves two goals to the good by this stage had they been able to convert some of the early chances they created.

The goal allowed the Germans to grow into the game and gradually puncture England's early zest and they might have gone into half time 2-0 up but the crossbar came to England's rescue.

England improved after the break, demonstrating a great work ethic and competitive spirit. They also enjoyed more possession but were unable to convert this possession into clear-cut chances and Germany held on for the win.

England's next game is on Wednesday against Norway.

England

1 Ashley Baker, 2 Chelsea Weston (16 Stephanie Houghton, 71), 3 Ellie Gilliatt (17 Sarah Kempson, 21), 4 Remi Allen (14 Natasha Dowie, 71), 5 Fern Whelan, 6 Sophie Bradley (C), 7 Jade Moore, 8 Michelle Hinnigan, 9 Ellen White, 10 Rachel Williams (12 Brooke Chaplen, 46), 11 Dannii Bird
Substitutes not used 13 Carly Telford, 15 Kerys Harrop, 18 Claire Rafferty

 
http://www.thefa.com/England/WomensUnder-23Team/NewsAndFeatures/2010/GermLaManga.aspx
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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #166 on: February 23, 2010, 04:31:27 PM »
And like the Norwegian FA, they see no reason to mention that their opponents are three years younger than them ;)

Video highlights (zanks to ze Germans)
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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #167 on: February 23, 2010, 06:46:52 PM »
The defending on the german goal is shocking, 5 defender against 3 forwards and they manage not to mark the German CF.
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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #168 on: February 24, 2010, 09:01:21 PM »
The German FA on twitter: England U23 1-0 Norway U23
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Bird shoots girls to victory
« Reply #169 on: February 25, 2010, 09:04:58 AM »
A really confident performance from England, where they dominated the game more than the final score shows, saw Brent Hills' team pick up an impressive victory against Norway on Wednesday afternoon.

In the early stages, both teams were trying to take control but to no avail despite England showing some good early play and working hard.

The first chance fell to Ellen White on 16 minutes, after a pass from Natasha Dowie. It was a soft shot, but it showed that White had the beating of the back line.

Midway through the first half, England were looking very assured and using their posession well to get wide and fire some decent crosses into the box. They were, however, unable to get on the end of any of them.

By the half hour mark, Norway still hadn't created anything dangerous, as long ball after long ball was cut out by Sophie Bradley and Fern Whelan.

England came close again following some good forward play which gave Dowie the chance for a shot, but from outside of the area, she drove wide.

Dowie was given another chance following a great ball down the left from Claire Rafferty. Given time, she cut inside and blasted the ball across the face of goal and just wide of the post.

With five minutes to go in the first half, a tremendous string of passes, starting in defence, eventually sent Brooke Chaplen clear in the box, but she fired over the bar after a really good move which had carved Norway open.

Into the second half, England picked up where they left off and their work ethic was rewarded when a mistake from Norway's defence on 48 minutes, left Dannii Bird to take the ball on and cooly slot home into the bottom right corner.

England were looking comfortable with their lead and continued to make chances. Bird went clear once again, but her shot ths time was straight at the keeper.

England did start to lose their way a little midway through the second but the introduction of Rachel Williams up front gave the team a little added spark. She found herself some space for a long range shot, which powered just inches over the bar.

The last real action of the game saw White through on goal, but unfortunately she shot too close to the keeper, who made an easy save.

However, with this win, England are still in contention to win the competition ahead of their next game against USA on Friday.

England: 1 Carly Telford, 2 Chelsea Weston (15 Steph Houghton, 51), 3 Claire Rafferty, 4 Michelle Hinnigan (12 Remi Allen, 79), 5 Fern Whelan (c), 6 Sophie Bradley (14 Kerys Harrop, 51), 7 Ellen White, 8 Jade Moore, 9 Natasha Dowie, 10 Brooke Chaplen (18 Rachel Williams, 68), 11 Dannii Bird (16 Sarah Kempson, 60).

Substitutes not used: 13 Ashley Baker, 17 Mel Sutcliffe.

http://www.thefa.com/England/WomensUnder-23Team/NewsAndFeatures/2010/norway-report-240210.aspx

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #170 on: March 17, 2010, 04:32:02 PM »
The FA has improved their website :  http://www.thefa.com/England/womens-under-23s
They are announcing a friendly against Sweden on the 22.04.10 no place or kick-off time  ;)
But if you go to the Swedish FA website, the information is available lol :
http://svenskfotboll.se/landslag/u23-dam/
12.00 Bisham

But no mention of the 4 nations tournament in July...
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Hills relishing USA challenge
« Reply #171 on: March 20, 2010, 01:25:13 PM »
The England Women’s U23 Head Coach, Brent Hills, is currently preparing his side for their final match in the Four Nation Tournament after watching them pick up their first win of the campaign, against Norway on Wednesday.

A 48th-minute goal from Dannii Bird gave the Three Lions a victory which went some way to erasing the disappointment of a 1-0 defeat to Germany two days earlier.

“I thought we dominated the Norway game,” said Hills. “We could have won it by at least two or three goals, which was particularly pleasing, seeing as that team hasn’t played much together.

“We adapted to the windy conditions and the bigger pitch really suited our passing game. In all fairness, we totally dominated the game. Our passing was crisp and our movement was good and in fairness I think we should have won by at least two or three goals,” he continued.

“Norway are a tough team to play against; they only lost 1-0 to USA so it was a good exercise for the girls.”

A few of Hills’ squad have been struck down with a bug while Ellie Gilliat has returned to England due to injury. Leeds Carnegie’s Mel Sutcliffe has been called up as a replacement and Doncaster Rovers Belles’ goalkeeper, Marie Hourihan, has also been called out to La Manga ahead of the USA game, one that Hills is looking forward to.

“It should be a good game,” he predicted. “Germany have a similar style of play to us, Norway have a more direct approach and USA are a mixture of the two really.

“They have been playing a diamond formation in midfield, which we don’t come up against often, and I’m hoping they play that formation against us, because it will be a good experience for the girls. But if they play 4-3-3 we are also well versed in facing that formation as well.

“It’s been a good tournament so far and I’m hoping for one last push against the States to round off a very satisfying week.”

http://www.thefa.com/England/womens-under-23s/News/2010/HillsPreUSA

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Illness costs England in La Manga
« Reply #172 on: March 20, 2010, 01:25:53 PM »
England U23s 0-1 USA
Four Nation Tournament
3pm (GMT), Friday 26 February 2010
La Manga, Spain

Ravaged by illness, and eventually forced to finish the game with ten players, the England Women's U23 side slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat to USA in the final match of the Four Nation Tournament.

England began the game with just one fit substitute and a substitute 'keeper who had only partially recovered from illness. Marie Hourihan had been flown in overnight and arrived at the camp just three hours before kick-off to start in goal.

However, a draw in the game between Norway and Germany left everything still to play for; the winner of this game would win the Tournament.

England started brightly and created a chance in the first minute. Steph Houghton was found in space at the far post by a Dannii Bird cross but her shot was blocked.

A counter-attacking move from the Americans soon after had their striker running into open ground towards our goal. She rounded the 'keeper and slid the ball home, but Mel Sutcliffe made it back to block on the line.

Midway through the half, USA started to apply continued pressure. This time one of their forwards had time to chest and volley inside our area, but blasted her shot over the bar.

After 27 minutes, England suffered what they could ill afford; an injury to Claire Rafferty. With Chelsea Weston on, this left only the partially fit goalkeeper, Ashley Baker, on the bench.

Towards the end of the first half, a long ball forward from USA almost brought about the opening goal. Hourihan raced from her goal but her clearance hit the on-rushing forward and bounced narrowly wide of the post.

England started the second half well with Dannii Bird being afforded an opportunity to shoot. She tested the 'keeper, but it was fairly comfortable in the end.

On 50 minutes England had another scare as Mel Sutcliffe went down holding her ankle, England had no outfield players left on the bench, but after some treatment, Sutcliffe managed to play on. Moments later, Remi Allen went down after a nasty clash and, unable to carry on, England continued the game with ten players.

Hourihan then marvellously pushed the ball over the bar after England failed to clear their lines, but on 79 minutes USA took the lead.

A hopeful ball forward allowed the USA striker to get between the Three Lions' defence and she was able to flick the ball past Hourihan.

After playing so well for so long, the numerical disadvantage and three games in five days had begun to take its toll, but for the last few minutes England decided to go for it and threw another forward upfront.

In the dying moments, England were pushing for the equaliser and the ten players were giving everything. They finish the game on top and had done really well to compete, given the circumstances.

USA won the tournament, but England can be really proud of their performance.

England
1 Marie Hourihan, 2 Melanie Sutcliffe, 3 Claire Rafferty (12 Chelsea Weston, 27), 4 Sophie Bradley, 5 Fern Whelan (C), 6 Kerys Harrop, 7 Steph Houghton, 8 Remi Allen, 9 Ellen White, 10 Brooke Chaplen, 11 Dannii Bird.
Substitute not used 13 Ashley Baker

http://www.thefa.com/England/womens-under-23s/News/2010/LaMangaUSAReport

You wonder why they flew Marie only if they had so many players out ? Cost involved probably as last minute tickets are very expensive.
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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #173 on: April 03, 2010, 10:18:18 PM »
levi penney not in u23's for next camp.wonder why.

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Hills selects squad for Sweden
« Reply #174 on: April 04, 2010, 08:18:13 PM »
England v Sweden

International U23 Friendly
12noon, Thursday 22 April
Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre


Hills' team face the Swedes next month as they look towards what is a busy 2010, with more games to come through the summer and he has named a squad of 18 players for the game and three days of training before that.

The Squad

Goalkeepers
Marie Hourihan - Doncaster Rovers Belles
Carly Telford - Leeds Carnegie
 
Defenders 
Grace McCatty - Bristol Academy
Clare Rafferty - Chelsea
Fern Whelan - Everton
Stephanie Houghton - Leeds Carnegie
Sophie Bradley - Leeds Carnegie
Sophie Walton - Leeds Carnegie
Ellie Gilliatt - Nottingham Forest
 
Midfielders
Danielle Buet - Chelsea
Rachel Williams - Doncaster Rovers
Brooke Chaplen - Everton
 
Forwards 
Gemma Davison - Arsenal
Danielle Bird - Birmingham City
Rebecca Hall - Doncaster Rovers Belles
Precious Hamilton - Doncaster Rovers Belles
Ellen White - Leeds Carnegie
Natasha Dowie - Everton

http://www.thefa.com/England/womens-under-23s/News/2010/sweden-squad-310310

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #175 on: April 24, 2010, 01:14:25 AM »
Sweden did not turn up due to Volcano ashes and the U23 played the U20 instead beating them 2-1.

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4 nations tournament
« Reply #176 on: May 27, 2010, 04:44:19 PM »
07/07 Sweden Norway 11.00
England USA 14.00

09/07 Norway USA 11.00
Sweden England  14.00

12/07 England Norway 12.00
USA Sweden 12.00


http://svenskfotboll.se/landslag/u23-dam/miniturnering-i-england-7-12-juli-2010/

Can you  believe we have to find the information on foreign FA website. The FA never replied to my e-mail about it except the usual thank you for your question.

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #177 on: May 27, 2010, 05:12:22 PM »
Sylvain,

The FA: Business as usual :-[ :-[ :-[

Kind regards from the Netherlands ("our" KNVB is just a little bit better!)

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #178 on: May 27, 2010, 06:05:55 PM »

Can you  believe we have to find the information on foreign FA website. The FA never replied to my e-mail about it except the usual thank you for your question.

mais oui, certainment

trying to navigate some foreign websites is not always easy

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Re: England Under-23
« Reply #179 on: May 27, 2010, 06:21:10 PM »

Can you  believe we have to find the information on foreign FA website. The FA never replied to my e-mail about it except the usual thank you for your question.

mais oui, certainment

trying to navigate some foreign websites is not always easy


Norwegian Swedish and Danish look quite same while Spanish and Italian are not too far from French...
Russian, Finnish or Bulgarian makes it harder though.