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England Head Coach Mark Sampson has named a 29-player squad for a World Cup qualifying double header in June.
Reading's Fran Kirby has been included in the senior squad for the first time and becomes the first player from FA WSL 2 to be called up by Sampson since the division launched in April. Washington Spirit forward Jodie Taylor receives her second call up, following her inclusion in the initial squad for a La Manga training camp in January, while Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley returns to the squad following injury.
England travel to Belarus and Ukraine next month as part of their 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign. The Three Lions are top of Group Six, having won all six matches so far without conceding a goal. Last time out they beat Ukraine 4-0 in Shrewsbury.
The first match, against Belarus, will take place on Saturday 14th June at Minsk's Traktor Stadium. England then travel to Ukraine, where they will play at Arena Lviv on Thursday 19th June.
Sampson said: "Announcing a long squad for these matches allows us a bit more time to assess them. Their domestic football calendars are very busy at the moment so this gives us a further four or five matches to look at fitness and form, which is very beneficial ahead of two key away matches."
Sampson will announce his final 23-player squad in the week commencing Monday 2nd June.
England squad in full:
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