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Kelly Smith back for Cyprus Cup
 Women's Football News 13 Feb 2014
 
Kelly Smith has been included in the England squad for the first time since the 2013 European Championship finals. 
 
The Arsenal player coach, who had a long standing calf complaint, has been drafted into Mark Sampson's 24-strong party that will compete in next month's Cyprus Cup after having missed the Three Lions' opening four World Cup qualifiers. Every other player in the squad travelled to La Manga last month for a week-long training camp which culminated in a 1-1 draw with Norway.
 
England won the annual Cyprus Cup last year and they will take on Italy (on Wednesday 5th March), Finland (Friday 7th March) and Canada (Monday 10th March) in Group A of the latest renewal. They will play one final game on Wednesday 12th March against one of the other eight teams in Group B or C.
 
Everton youngster Alex Greenwood could make her senior debut in Cyprus but there is no room for Casey Stoney, who is still recovering following a foot operation.
 
Sampson said: "I was pleased with the way the group worked in La Manga so the most difficult part of selecting the squad was leaving people out who did well in that camp.
 
"But I had to make some decisions and I have selected a balanced squad that gives us many options, both tactically and in terms of the character of the team.
 
"We have added Kelly to the group who is now back to full fitness so it is a great chance for her to be involved again and get some game time at international level.
 
"The Cyprus Cup represents another opportunity for us to grow as a group and for me to learn more about the players. We will go there to work very hard."
 
England squad: 
 
 NAME   CLUB   CAPS   GOALS 
 Karen BARDSLEY   Manchester City   35   0 
 Rachel BROWN-FINNIS   Everton   82   0 
 Siobhan CHAMBERLAIN   Arsenal   26   0 
 Laura BASSETT   Chelsea   35   1 
 Gemma BONNER   Liverpool   3   0 
 Sophie BRADLEY   Notts County   26   0 
 Lucy BRONZE   Liverpool   6   0 
 Alex GREENWOOD   Everton   0   0 
 Steph HOUGHTON   Manchester City   41   6 
 Alex SCOTT   Arsenal   106   12 
 Demi STOKES   University of Florida   1   0 
 Anita ASANTE   Malmo   67   1 
 Jade MOORE   Birmingham City   7   1 
 Jordan NOBBS   Arsenal   11   3 
 Jill SCOTT   Manchester City   75   12 
 Fara WILLIAMS   Liverpool   122   37 
 Eniola ALUKO   Chelsea   77   20 
 Karen CARNEY   Birmingham City   89   16 
 Gemma DAVISON   Liverpool   2   0 
 Natasha DOWIE   Liverpool   7   2 
 Toni DUGGAN   Manchester City   15   8 
 Lianne SANDERSON   Boston Breakers   30   8 
 Kelly SMITH   Arsenal   115   46 
 Ellen WHITE   Notts County   45   17 

 
Meanwhile Danielle Carter, Jemma Rose, Isobel Christiansen and Rachel Daly have all been included in the England Under-23 squad for next month's La Manga Tournament.
 
The quartet were involved with the senior team for the annual January training camp in southern Spain and have been drafted in to Kay Cossington's 18-strong group for this Under-23 friendly tournament.
 
There is a first call up for Notts County defender Amy Turner, while five players helped the Under-19s win a silver medal at last year's European Championship finals.
 
The Young Lions face a stern examination with Sweden their first opponents on 1st March before also taking on Germany (3rd March) and Japan (5 March). 
 
England Under-23s squad: 
 
Mary Earps (Birmingham City), Megan Walsh (Aston Villa), Rachel Daly (LA Strikers), Martha Harris (Liverpool), Jaz Matthews (Bristol Academy), Jemma Rose (Bristol Academy), Amy Turner (Notts County), Bianca Bragg (Arsenal), Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Laura Coombs (Chelsea), Sherry McCue (Aston Villa), Drew Spence (Chelsea), Freda Ayisi (Arsenal), Danielle Carter (Arsenal), Fran Kirby (Reading), Melissa Lawley (Birmingham City), Kirsty Linnett (Birmingham City), Nikita Parris (Everton).

 
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