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England announces Women’s Football Squad, Eleven Debutantes in

England announces Women's Football Squad, Eleven Debutantes in

England’s coach Phil Neville will make her debut at the Women’s World Cup in France from 7 June to 7 July with eleven female World Cup debutants.

Karen Carney and Jill Scott are the most experienced players in the 23-person squad of the World Cup and European Championship bronze medallists, who are once again among the top favourites, with four final round appearances.

“This team is highly motivated, has the self-confidence and belief to be successful at the World Cup,” said the former international Neville at the presentation of the squad.

One of the three goalkeepers in the third place in the world rankings is Mary Earps, who plays for the newly crowned German champion VfL Wolfsburg. The majority of the squad is provided by Manchester City with eight players.

England will play Scotland in the British duel, followed by Argentina and 2011 world champions Japan.

England’s World Cup line-up:

Goal: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Mary Earps (VfL Wolfsburg), Carly Telford (FC Chelsea)

Defence: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester United), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Abbie McManus (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City) Leah Williamson (FC Arsenal)

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

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

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