England WNT

Phil Neville has named his first England squad with the selection for the SheBelieves Cup.

England women’s national team head coach Phil Neville has announced his squad to tale part in the SheBelieves Cup in the United States next month.

For his first squad selection, Neville calls-up 23 players led by captain Steph Houghton. The team will meet in London before travelling to the USA to take part in the four-nations international friendly tournament.

This will be England’s third appearance at the SheBelieves Cup alongside opponents USA, France and Germany. England face France in their opening fixture on 1 March, take a look at the full 2018 SheBelieves Cup fixtures and TV broadcast information.

The mini-tournament will serve as important preparation for the Lionesses who resume their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign against Wales on Friday 6 April before a trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina four days later.

Anita Asante is recalled to the squad for the first time since 2015 while Chelsea club-mate Hannah Blundell has the chance to earn her first cap.

Neville, who was appointed last month, will be assisted on an interim basis for this tournament by Mo Marley.

Former England captain Casey Stoney, who announced her retirement from playing this week, will also be part of the backroom staff via the new player-to-coach scheme, with Mark Mason as goalkeeping coach.

England squad for SheBelieves Cup 2018:

Goalkeepers:

Karen Bardsley (Manchester City),
Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool),
Carly Telford (Chelsea).

Defenders:

Anita Asante (Chelsea),
Hannah Blundell (Chelsea),
Millie Bright (Chelsea),
Lucy Bronze (Lyon),
Gabby George (Everton),
Alex Greenwood (Liverpool),
Steph Houghton (Manchester City),
Demi Stokes (Manchester City).

Midfielders:

Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City),
Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City),
Keira Walsh (Manchester City),
Fara Williams (Reading).

Forwards:

Karen Carney (Chelsea),
Toni Duggan (Barcelona),
Fran Kirby (Chelsea),
Melissa Lawley (Manchester City),
Nikita Parris (Manchester City),
Jodie Taylor (Melbourne City),
Ellen White (Birmingham City).

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