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Women’s World Cup squad announced


England manager Phil Neville has named his squad for the Women’s World Cup in France this Summer.

Manchester City’s Steph Houghton will captain the Lionesses who begin their World Cup campaign against Scotland on 9th June.

They will also play Argentina and 2011 champions Japan in the group stage.

"I'm absolutely convinced we can have a successful tournament," said Neville.

"We've got a squad that is highly motivated, that now has the confidence and belief to go to a World Cup to be successful," added Neville.

"We keep saying it but the hard work starts now and we are going to give it everything we have to make the nation proud."

Each member of the squad was revealed by a high-profile supporter on social media on Wednesday, including Raheem Sterling, David Beckham, Emma Watson and Prince William.

"We wanted each player to have a special moment when their name was revealed, knowing they are going to a World Cup," boss Neville told BBC Sport.

"It is the biggest thing in their lives and something they've dreamed about.

"We have to make these players visible, we want everybody around the world to buy in to what will be the biggest Women's World Cup of all time."

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Man City), Mary Earps (Wolfsburg), Carly Telford (Chelsea)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Man Utd), Steph Houghton (captain, Man City), Abbie McManus (Man City), Demi Stokes (Man City) Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Reading), Jill Scott (Man City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Keira Walsh (Man City)

Forwards: Toni Duggan (Barcelona) Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Man City), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign), Ellen White (Birmingham City)


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