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England’s 2015 Women’s World Cup Squad

In May, Mark Sampson name his 23 woman squad at the Canadian Embassy for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. As with any squad, sometimes the focus is more on the players who missed out: most notably Natasha Dowie, Jess Clarke, Demi Stokes, Gemma Davidson and Anita Asante who starred for FC Rosengård in this season’s Champions League.

But who has made it onto the plane to the World Cup? The squad has 1,161 caps between them all, with an average 50.5 caps for each player. Here is some information on the players hoping to win the trophy in Canada next month.


Karen Bardsley

Club: Manchester City

Age: 30    Caps: 43

Bardsley will most likely be the number one, but will face competition from the other two keepers. Born in California, she played in the 2011 World Cup so she will bring competition experience – as well as playing in the 2012 Olympics. She joined Manchester City in 2014 and hit headlines this season for all the wrong reasons when she received a three-match ban for punching Birmingham’s Freda Ayisi. In FIFA’s technical report on the 2011 World Cup, she was named as one of England’s outstanding players and said to have “good positional play who is good in one-on-one situations.”

Siobhan Chamberlain

Club: Arsenal

Age: 31   Caps: 33

Chamberlain is another experienced keeper who moved from Bristol Academy, where she was the established keeper, to Arsenal in 2013 to challenge Emma Byrne for the Number 1 spot. She has recently suffered an injury and lost her place in the Arsenal team, but has been used by Sampson in recent matches.

Carly Telford

Club: Notts County

Age: 27   Caps: 5

Telford could arguably start against France in England’s opening group match. She was named in the 2014 PFA WSL Team of the Year, and in great form. Her international inexperience could count against her, but any of the three keepers would do well for England.


Steph Houghton – CAPTAIN

Club: Manchester City

Age: 27   Caps: 53  Goals: 7

Named as captain under Mark Sampson, Houghton first came to the wider public’s attention during the 2012 Olympics where she ended as Great Britain’s top scorer – only failing to score in the 2-0 Quarter-Final defeat to Canada. She left the highly successful Arsenal Ladies to join the newly formed WSL side Manchester City in 2014.

Alex Scott

Club: Arsenal

Age: 30   Caps: 123   Goals: 12

One of the four players with over 100 caps, Scott will provide the experienced answer to who plays at right-back. She had huge success playing for Arsenal, including winning the quadruple and scored the winning goal in the 2006-07 UEFA Women’s Cup Final – so far, the only British team to win Europe’s premier competition. After a spell in America, she rejoined Arsenal in 2012.  In FIFA’s technical report on the 2011 World Cup, she was named as one of England’s outstanding players and said to “reads the game effectively and times her tackles well.”

Lucy Bronze

Club: Manchester City

Age: 23   Caps: 16   Goals: 2

Bronze is another player who appeared in the 2014 WSL PFA team of the year, as part of the Liverpool side who won the 2014 WSL in the most dramatic of fashions – winning the title by one goal ahead of Chelsea. She joined Manchester City in 2015. Although she plays at right-back for her club, she has played a lot at centre-back under Sampson. She was part of the squad that won the 2009 UEFA Women’s U19 Championship, playing in the Final win over Sweden.

Alex Greenwood

Club: Notts County

Age: 21   Caps: 12   Goals: 1

The left-sided defender played for Everton between 2010 and 2014, but following their relegation to WSL 2, she moved to Notts County. She had actually made her Everton debut in the Champions League Qualifying Round, and in 2012, she was named as the FA Young Player of the Year. She made her England debut in the 2014 Cyprus Cup and played in every game of England’s victorious 2015 Cyprus Cup campaign.

Claire Rafferty

Club: Chelsea

Age: 26   Caps: 9   Goals: 0

Rafferty joined Chelsea in 2007 from Millwall Lionesses and has become the longest serving player in the Blues’ squad. She was involved in the heartbreaking finale of the 2014 WSL campaign, which saw Chelsea lose out to Liverpool by one goal. Will be looking to make the left-back role hers.

Laura Bassett

Club: Notts County

Age: 31   Caps: 49  Goals: 2

The experienced defender has international tournament experience at both the World Cup and the European Championships and was one of the first 17 players to receive central contracts in 2009. She will probably provide backup for the centre-back positions.

Casey Stoney

Club: Arsenal

Age: 32   Caps: 118  Goals: 6

Another member of the centurion club and despite being named in the 2014 WSL PFA Team of the Year will probably start on the bench. In 2012, she became the England captain until Sampson took over, and she also captained the GB Olympics team in 2012. Last year she publicly came out as gay and recently became a mother as her partner Megan Harris, whom she played with at Lincoln Ladies, gave birth to twins.


Jordan Nobbs

Club: Arsenal

Age: 22  Caps: 21   Goals:3

Nobbs began her career with Sunderland before joining Arsenal in 2010, however due to a quirk, she made her Arsenal debut whilst still playing for Sunderland. This was due to the introduction of the summer league WSL, whilst the Premier League (in which Sunderland played) continued with a traditional season structure. Nobbs made her Arsenal debut in the Champions League, which begins in September.  She was part of the squad that won the 2009  UEFA Women’s U19 Championship scoring three goals, including in the Final win over Sweden.

Fara Williams

Club: Liverpool

Age: 31   Caps: 139  Goals: 37

Remarkably, Fara Williams spent six years being homeless whilst playing for England and has now become the record capped player for England – including the men’s game. The skilful midfielder will be an integral part of Sampson’s team. She is also notably for having played for both Everton and Liverpool and with the latter has won the WSL for the past two seasons.

Jill Scott

Club: Manchester City

Age: 28  Caps: 90   Goals: 13

A player approaching the century landmark, Scott is another Manchester City player who made headlines this season for ill-discipline – for headbutting Arsenal’s Jade Bailey.  She began her career with her home-city team, Sunderland, before moving to Everton in 2006. After seven years, she made the move to Manchester City. In FIFA’s technical report on the 2011 World Cup, she was named as one of England’s outstanding players and said to be an “energetic ball-winning midfielder who organises the team well….and can change her team’s angle of attack.”

Katie Chapman

Club: Chelsea

Age: 32   Caps: 85  Goals: 8

A defensive minded midfielder who can also play in defence, Chapman may be asked to provide solidity in matches against attacking sides. She had a four-year exile from international football due to her desire to take time out to look after her children after returning from USA. However, with a change of policy at the FA, and the change in manager, Chapman has returned to the England squad in time for the World Cup.

Jo Potter

Club: Birmingham City

Age: 30  Caps: 19  Goals: 2

The left-footed midfielder is known for her vision would have more England caps if it had not been for Rachel Yankey and Sue Smith. She had a seven year absence from the England team between 2007 and 2014, when she played in a friendly 4-0 win over Sweden. She played in England’s final qualifier for the 2015 World Cup and scored her second England goal in the 10-0 win over Montenegro. This means that there was a nine year gap between her first and second England goals.

Jade Moore

Club: Birmingham City

Age: 24   Caps: 16   Goals: 1

A pacey and technical midfielder, she was part of the England side that won the 2009 UEFA Women’s U19 Championship, scoring twice in the competition. She made her England senior debut in the 2012 Cyprus Cup where England finished fourth.  Her only senior international goal came in the 2012 Cyprus third-placed play-off defeat to Italy.

Karen Carney

Club: Birmingham City

Age: 27  Caps: 103  Goals: 23

Carney is expected to start the first game on against France on the left wing. At the age of 27, she became the youngest England player of either gender to reach the 100 cap milestone. In March this year, she also became the first woman to be inducted into Birmingham City’s Hall of Fame. Carney has experience in World Cup, European Championships and Olympics.  In FIFA’s technical report on the 2011 World Cup, she was named as one of England’s outstanding players and said to be a “pacey winger with good individual technique”.


Jodie Taylor

Club: Portland Thorns

Age: 28  Caps: 8  Goals: 4

The only player in the squad not based in England, Taylor plays for the American side Portland Thorns in the state of Oregon. She is a well-travelled player, who has also played in Sweden and Australia. She came into the England setup  under Sampson, and should have got her first goal in the 1-0 friendly defeat to USA in February 2015, only for her strike to be wrongly ruled out for offside. In the final group game of the 2015 Cyprus, she broke her goal scoring duck with a hattrick against Australia.

Lianne Sanderson

Club: Arsenal

Age: 27  Caps: 46   Goals: 15

Sanderson is notable for her unique hairstyle, and is another player who fell out with previous England boss Hope Powell and retired from international duty in 2010. However, she came back under Sampson and could play a pivotal role in the World Cup –  she scored the winner in the 2015 Cyprus Cup Final against Canada. She is another well-travelled player, having played for Spanish, Cypriot and American clubs. This is her second spell at Arsenal, and in her first she was part of the dominant Arsenal team that won the quadruple.

Eniola Aluko

Club: Chelsea

Age: 28  Caps: 90   Goals: 32

Aluko is the sister of Hull City player Sone Aluko (who plays for Nigeria where both players were born). Another player who has had experience in America, she joined Chelsea in 2012 after a short second spell with Birmingham City. Only ten caps off the century mark, she has huge international experience including playing in the 2009 European Championship Final defeat to Germany. Her speed, skill and creativity will be a huge asset and saw her score a spectacular goal against Netherlands in the 2015 Cyprus Cup. She has recently qualified as a sports and entertainment lawyer.

Fran Kirby

Club: Reading

Age: 21  Caps: 8   Goals: 2

The great sporting story for the youngest player in the squad, who plays in the second tier (WSL2) for Reading. Four years ago, she retired from football completely after suffering with depression after her mother died. In 2012, she rejoined Reading had her 32 goals were key in getting the club promoted to WSL2. Despite picking up a recent injury, she was named in the squad and will possibly provide a wildcard for Sampson.

Toni Duggan

Club: Manchester City

Age: 23  Caps: 25  Goals: 14

Duggan can play out wide as well as up front, and she began her career at Everton –  before joining Manchester City in 2013. She was part of the squad that won the 2009 UEFA U19 European Championships, scoring the opening goal in the final and ending up as England’s top scorer with three goals. She received her first senior cap in 2012, and scored her first England hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup Qualifier vs Turkey in September 2013. Duggan scored the 2014 WSL Goal of the Season against Chelsea in the final game of the season with a beautiful volley that denied Chelsea the title.

Ellen White

Club: Notts County

Age: 25  Caps: 50  Goals: 17

White hit the headlines this season after scoring a free-kick for Notts County against Arsenal that would have been worthwhile of an Oscar. She is another player with vast international experience in the World Cup, European Championship and Olympics and would have won more caps if it hadn’t been for serious injuries.


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This entry was posted on June 9, 2015 by in 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, Group F, Internationals and tagged , .
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