The second annual SheBelieves Cup is quickly approaching, and as kick off nears, all four squads have finally unveiled their rosters. While the United States and Germany’s released their SheBelieves Cup rosters over the course of the past two weeks, France and England just announced their squads this morning.
England, France and Germany all named squads that are likely to see few changes before the teams compete in the UEFA Euros this summer, meaning the SheBelieves Cup will serve as a strong test and good preparation for each of the European sides leading into it. With no major summer tournament to prepare for, the USWNT will no doubt look to repeat as SheBelieves Cup winners, once again lifting the hardware on their home soil.
Each of the U.S.’s opponents released 23-player squads, while Jill Ellis originally invited 25 players in for the USWNT’s camp leading into the SheBelieves Cup. However, Ellis has since cut three players from the roster–Sarah Killion, Meghan Klingenberg and Amy Rodriguez–from the roster and added Jessica McDonald to it. The USWNT (minus McDonald) reported to camp on Monday, February 20 to begin their training and evaluation leading into the tournament.
Germany may be at a slight disadvantage though, as the 2016 Olympic gold medalists are without several key players: Lena Goeβling, Simone Laudehr and Melanie Leupolz were left off the initial roster for various reasons, and Tabea Kemme and Svenja Huth have since been ruled out of the competition because of injury (they were replaced by Verena Faiβt and Hasret Kayikci respectively). That poses quite the challenge for new coach Steffi Jones as she embarks on her first year at the helm of the German squad.
Mark Sampson’s England side, which was announced on Tuesday, February 21, has few surprises as he fields a team that he hopes will not only win the SheBelieves Cup, but the Euros as well.
“Last year we came close but didn’t get over the line. This year we need to put that right and find our way to win,” Sampson said of the tournament. “We’ll be coming up against some really tough opposition but winning this tournament has to be our objective and would be a real feather in our cap going into the Euros.”
France’s head coach, Olivier Echouafni, also named his squad on Tuesday. Included on it is Amandine Henry, who underwent surgery during the NWSL offseason and has missed a number of previous national team camps and rosters because of injury and that recovery. She recently signed with Paris Saint-Germain, although she is expected to return to the Portland Thorns in time for the NWSL preseason.
France also features a strong defensive presence in Wendie Renard, and several strong threats in the attack, as was the case in the 2016 SheBelieves Cup and the Rio Olympics. However, the French often create a number of solid opportunities on goal without being able to finish. If the squad is able to improve their finishing, they might swing the tournament in their favor.
The 2017 SheBelieves Cup kicks off on March 1 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Penn. where England and France will square off before the U.S. faces Germany. The tournament then moves to Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on March 4 with France and Germany playing before the U.S. and England compete. The final leg of the round-robin tournament will be played on March 7 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., where Germany takes on England and the U.S. closes the tournament out against France.
ENGLAND ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (3): Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Mary Earps (Reading)
Defenders (9): Laura Bassett (Notts County), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Jo Potter (Notts County), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Liverpool), Demi Stokes (Manchester City)
Midfielders (5): Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jade Moore (Notts County), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Arsenal)
Forwards (6): Karen Carney (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Arsenal), Rachel Williams (Notts County), Ellen White (Birmingham City)
FRANCE ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Méline Gerard (Olympique Lyonnais), Laëtitia Philippe (Montpellier HSC)
Defenders (7): Laura Georges (Paris Saint-Germain), Jessica Houara D’Hommeaux (Olympique Lyonnais), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier HSC), Griedge MBock Bathy (Olympique Lyonnais), Eve Perisset (Paris Saint-Germain), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Aïssatou Tounkara (FCF Juvisy)
Midfielders (8): Camille Abily (Paris Saint-Germain), Elise Bussaglia (VFL Wolfsburg), Grace Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain), Amandine Henry (Paris Saint-Germain), Claire Lavogez (Olympique Lyonnais), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Gaёtane Thiney (FCF Juvisy), Sandie Toletti (Montpellier HSC)
Forwards (5): Camille Catala (FCF Juvisy), Marie-Laure Delie (Paris Saint-Germain), Kadidiatou Diani (FCF Juvisy), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Elodie Thomis (Olympique Lyonnais)
GERMANY ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (3): Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen)
Defenders (9): Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), Pauline Bremer (Olympique Lyonnais), Kristin DeMann (1899 Hoffenheim), Verena Faiβt (Bayern München), Kathrin Hendrich (FFC Frankfurt), Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyonnais), Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg), Felicitas Rauch (FFC Turbine Potsdam)
Midfielders (6): Sarah Däbritz (Bayern München), Linda Dallman (SGS Essen), Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), Leonie Maier (Bayern München), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Olympique Lyonnais), Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg)
Forwards (5): Mandy Islacker (FFC Frankfurt), Hasret Kayikci (SC Freiburg), Lina Magull (SC Freiburg), Anja Mittag (VfL Wolfsburg), Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg)
UNITED STATES ROSTER BY POSITION
Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders (7): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielders (9): Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)
Forwards (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Coursge), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)