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Yankey in line to equal record
 Women's Football News 25 May 2012
 
Yankey in line to equal record - 25 May 2012 - Women's Football NewsHope Powell has named her squad for the crucial UEFA Euro 2013 qualifying double header against Holland and Slovenia next month. 
 
Fit again Rachel Yankey has been recalled for the first time since the 2-0 over Serbia in November 2011 and if the winger features in both the upcoming games she will equal Gillian Coultard's record of 119 England caps.
 
Defenders Casey Stoney and Sophie Bradley return to the fold after the duo missed England's last Euro qualifier against Croatia due to injury. And Claire Rafferty will meet up with the squad for the first time since last summer's World Cup after recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
 
Everton youngster Toni Duggan has received her maiden senior team call-up following her impressive recent performances for the Toffees and Brent Hills' England Under-23 side.
 
"Toni has been working hard at her game and playing well for Everton, so this gives me a chance to have a look at her in a new environment and see how she does," said Hope, of her newest recruit. "She is still learning her trade but I'm hoping she will have something to offer us a bit further down the line.
 
"She did really well in 2009 when the U19s won the Euros and she has progressed well in the Under-23s. "We have been struggling a little bit in terms of injuries lately and with a few of the players having little niggles, so it's good to have a few back in the fold," she continued.
 
"Casey is experienced at all levels and she is a real big game player. Sophie has been magnificent for us in recent games and it was a shame she got injured at the time she did.
 
"We perhaps would have liked both of them to have had a few more games under their belts before Holland and Slovenia, but they are good enough players to cope with that and I'm sure they will do a job for us.
 
"Claire has been making steady progress after her ACL injury and she has done well to come back from it, so I'm really pleased that they are all now fit and healthy."
 
England go into the double-header knowing they need six points to realistically maintain any hope of topping Group Six and qualifying automatically for next summer's Finals. Powell's charges are five points behind the Dutch but with a game in hand. If Holland were to win at Salford City Stadium on Sunday 17 June they would seal top spot and book their place at Sweden 2013. The two sides met in Zwolle in October last year and played out a tense 0-0 draw.
 
"It is a crucial qualifier," said Hope. "We need to get three points. I saw them play against Slovenia and they have been playing with an air of confidence lately and I'm sure their new manager [Roger Reijners] has given them that belief. We are used to the Dutch being very defensive, sitting back and looking for the counter. Now they play higher up the pitch and they are more attack-focussed.
 
"It's going to be a difficult game and I'm hoping we can get a decent crowd. We are going to have to be on top of our game because we are expecting it to be a challenging game.
 
"We did well in Holland, but we were probably a little too defensive. We have learned things from that game and we will look to address them in time." 
 
England squad: 
 
 NAME   CLUB   CAPS   GOALS 
 Karen BARDSLEY   Linkopings   22   0 
 Rachel BROWN   Everton   76   0 
 Siobhan CHAMBERLAIN   Bristol Academy   23   0 
 Carly TELFORD   Chelsea   2   0 
 Laura BASSETT   Birmingham City   25   0 
 Sophie BRADLEY   Lincoln Ladies   13   0 
 Claire RAFFERTY   Chelsea   5   0 
 Alex SCOTT   Arsenal   88   12 
 Casey STONEY   Lincoln Ladies   101   4 
 Dunia SUSI   Chelsea   16   0 
 Rachel UNITT   Birmingham City   100   8 
 Anita ASANTE   Gothenburg   53   1 
 Karen CARNEY   Birmingham City   73   12 
 Steph HOUGHTON   Arsenal   25   4 
 Jade MOORE   Birmingham City   4   1 
 Jill SCOTT   Everton   56   8 
 Fara WILLIAMS   Everton   103   36 
 Eniola ALUKO   Birmingham City   59   11 
 Toni DUGGAN   Everton   0   0 
 Ellen WHITE   Arsenal   27   9 
 Rachel WILLIAMS   Birmingham City   9   2 
 Rachel YANKEY   Arsenal   117   17 

 
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