England coach Mark Sampson named his 23-player World Cup squad on Monday, deciding to bring eight debutantes to Canada next month. As a sign of England’s balance, eight players will also be appearing in their third World Cup.
Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Jade Moore, Jordan Nobbs, Jo Potter, Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor are all taking part in their first World Cup.
Siobhan Chamberlain, Alex Scott, Casey Stoney, Jill Scott, Fara Williams, Eniola Aluko, Karen Carney and Katie Chapman are all preparing for their third appearance at a World Cup. Chapman and Claire Rafferty are the two players on the team who did not feature in qualifying for world No. 6 England.
“We’re ranked sixth in the world, we are a good team and we’ve got some exceptional players,” Sampson said. “We’ve got a very compact, resolute unit and we’ve got a real togetherness in the group so we’ll certainly be a difficult opponent for anyone in Canada.
“The ambition is to go to Canada and win the competition but we’ve got to treat every game like a final.”
England will play France, Mexico and Colombia in Group F at the World Cup.
ENGLAND WORLD CUP ROSTER
Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)
Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)
Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Notts County)
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