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Arsenal absentees let Powell try new talent
« on: April 02, 2007, 09:07:09 AM »
Hope Powell, the England coach, will use the absence of seven Arsenal players from next week's training camp in La Manga to take a close look at several players untried at senior international level as she steps up preparations for September's World Cup finals in China. Powell reluctantly acceded to Arsenal's request that those seven players be omitted from the squad.

Arsenal's manager, Vic Akers, had asked Powell to put club before country as he wants his team together in the build-up to April 21's first leg of the Uefa Cup final against Umea of Sweden.

"If I had my wish," said Powell, "I'd have all the Arsenal players in La Manga. This is an important time for us but I understand Vic's position, not only in respect of the Uefa Cup but also Arsenal's backlog of fixtures. I want them to finish the season on time so that the players get adequate rest before we go to China."

Powell's 30-strong squad includes two Arsenal players, the central defender Faye White, who is recovering from a long-term injury, and the teenage striker Lianne Sanderson, who is on the fringe of the England team. At La Manga Sanderson will be looking to impress along with five players who have not before been involved in the senior squad. Among them are two strikers, Carla Cantrell of Doncaster Belles and Katie Anderton of Blackburn Rovers.

Anderton, 23, scored her 26th goal of the season in Blackburn's 2-1 Premier League defeat at Bristol Academy yesterday and Powell said: "I've watched Katie myself and she can certainly play. We're a bit short up front, so she and Carla can perhaps provide some competition for the more established centre- forwards. It will be very interesting to see them at close quarters next week along with the other girls who've been brought in."

One England regular who will be at La Manga, the midfielder Fara Williams, had a memorable Sunday with five goals in Everton's 9-0 demolition of Fulham. Charlton Athletic, three points behind second-place Everton, beat Birmingham City 3-0 while the leaders, Arsenal, were without a fixture.,,2048148,00.html