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A chance to shine
« on: April 02, 2007, 01:35:53 PM »
Hope Powell has chosen a squad of 29 players for a warm-weather training camp in La Manga between 9-13 April, as preparations continue apace for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in September.

The squad will be missing six Arsenal players after agreement was reached with Vic Akers to support Arsenal's UEFA Women's Cup Final efforts.

Last month saw The Three Lions play three games in a week and after racing out of the blocks with an emphatic 6-0 win over Russia, Scotland and Holland the provided stiffer tests.

Fara Williams' goal lit up a competitive 1-0 victory over the Scots but a second-half goal by Dutch striker Manon Melis saw Powell's side slide to a defeat which ensures that the England Head Coach retains a pragmatic approach to the next five months.

"We'll be using the camp to reflect on and review the last three games" Hope told "but obviously we'll also be looking at the new players and how they cope with senior squad, looking forward to the Euro 2009 qualfier against Northern Ireland on 13 May and a friendly on 17 May."

By then, England will know their World Cup group opponents, with the draw being made in Wuhan at 6.45pm local time on Sunday 22 April.

One player to find herself in the squad is Blackburn Rovers striker Katie Anderton who has followed up a goal-hungry last season in helping her side gain promotion to the National Division, by notching 17 league goals so far this season.

"Katie has an eye for goal and is in a good run of scoring form" continued Hope. "She has good technique and pace and has featured at youth international level, and it now seems she is hungry to push herself as far as she can."

Talking to The Guardian today, Hope added: "We're a bit short up front so Katie and Carla [Cantrell, who has featured for England U21s] can provide some competition for the more established forwards, and it will be very interesting to see them at close quarters next week, along with the others girls we've brought in."

Among those other players are 'keepers Jo Fletcher and Kay Hawke and Everton duo Amy Kane and Michelle Evans. Both Kane and Evans have represented England at youth international level, and their inclusion brings the number of Toffees involved to ten.

England Squad:

Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy), Rachel Brown (Everton), Carly Telford (Sunderland), Jo Fletcher (Charlton Athletic), Kay Hawke (Blackburn Rovers)

Lindsay Johnson, Amy Kane and Rachel Unitt (all Everton), Laura Bassett (Birmingham City), Faye White (Arsenal), Casey Stoney and Michelle Hickmott (both Charlton Athletic) Stephanie Houghton (Sunderland), Corinne Yorston (Bristol Academy)

Carla Cantrell and Vicky Exley (both Doncaster Rovers Belles), Emily Westwood, Kelly McDougall, Fara Williams, Jill Scott, Michelle Evans (all Everton), Katie Holtham (Charlton Athletic), 

Eniola Aluko and Jo Potter (both Charlton Athletic), Amanda Barr and Sue Smith (both Leeds Utd), Jody Handley (Everton), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Katie Anderton (Blackburn Rovers)


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Re: A chance to shine
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2007, 03:54:36 PM »
So it is likely that 15 or 16 of this squad will be in the final 21 selected for the WC ???