Phil Neville announces England squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier away to Russia.
England women’s national team head coach Phil Neville has named a 20-player squad for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier away to Russia on Friday 8 June.
In their last meeting, the Lionesses earned a 6-0 home win against Russia last year and will be confident heading into the away fixture.
Phil Neville said on TheFA.com: “This is a great opportunity to take a giant step towards our goal of making it to the finals in France next year.
“We know from recent experience that teams are wary of our attacking threat and we expect Russia to be no different.
“We will have to be ruthless when opportunities come our way, but it is important we remain patient, focused and calm until they do.
“Everyone is in positive mood about the challenge ahead and wants to end the season on a high.
“We had a number of players at St. George’s Park earlier this week for some extra training, and it was good to get a look at some of the younger players who are pushing hard for inclusion in the senior squad.
“We already have a youthful feel but I won’t be afraid to give more a chance next season.”
A win against Russia would move England on to 16 points in the qualifying Group. Only the group winners will qualify automatically with play-off matches occurring between the top four runners-up among all seven groups.
England squad for WWC2019 qualifier against Russia
Karen Bardsley (Manchester City),
Mary Earps (Reading),
Carly Telford (Chelsea)
Hannah Blundell (Chelsea),
Millie Bright (Chelsea),
Lucy Bronze (Lyon),
Rachel Daly (Houston Dash),
Leah Williamson (Arsenal) replaces injured Steph Houghton (Manchester City),
Abbie McManus (Manchester City)
Lauren Bruton (Reading) replaces injured Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City),
Fran Kirby (Chelsea),
Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland) replaces injured Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal),
Jill Scott (Manchester City),
Keira Walsh (Manchester City)
Toni Duggan (Barcelona),
Melissa Lawley (Manchester City),
Beth Mead (Arsenal),
Nikita Parris (Manchester City),
Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign),
Ellen White (Birmingham City).