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England name 23-player squad for California Challenge Tour

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Phil Collier has named a 23-strong squad for England Women’s tour to California including facing World Champions USA.

National Team Director, Collier, has selected his group for a five-match tour of California in January that will conclude with participation at the Spring Premiere against the US and Stanford University.

It will be England Women’s first full international outside of the UK since their bronze medal nearly 18 months ago, with nine of the 2017 squad present for the January tour and still led by now two-time FIL All-World midfielder Laura Merrifield.

It is also a squad full of plenty of fresh talent and exuberance with a number of names in line to pick up their first full senior international caps.

Team England will begin in Los Angeles against University of Southern California on 20 January, before travelling up to San Francisco for scrimmages at UC Davis (22 January) and University of California, Berkeley (24 January).

The tour will then culminate in the Spring Premiere at Stanford, Palo Alto across the 25/26 January as the squad looks to test themselves against the world’s best.

In 2019, the senior squad will be looking to defend titles at the Home Internationals series on home soil, before the European Championships in Israel.

California Challenge Tour Squad

GK
Emilie Chandler
Katie Greenwood

Defence
Emma Adams
Chloe Chan
Annie Hillier
Ellie Hillier
Emma Oakley
Zoe Thursz

Midfield
Hannah Bray
Claire Faram
Anna Featherstone
Tilly Foster
Emily Gray
Camila Hayes
Antonia Hudson
Laura Merrifield
Tilly Shires
Liv Wimpenny

Attack
Torz Anderson
Alex Drewe
Olivia Hompe
Jenny Simpson
Sophie Tamblyn

Staff
Phil Collier
Kate Nelson-Lee
Michael Molster
Lara Owen
Tom Astley
James Wild