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England's centurions to be recognised
 Women's Football News 27 Nov 2015
 
England's centurions to be recognised - 27 Nov 2015 - Women's Football NewsEngland Women's centurions will be celebrated on Sunday ahead of the Euro 2017 qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Bristol. 
 
UEFA will recognise the nine Lionesses who have earned more than 100 caps for their country. The nine are led by Fara Williams (147 caps), England's most capped player of all time, along with Rachel Yankey (129), Alex Scott (129), Casey Stoney (123), Gill Coultard (119), Kelly Smith (117), Karen Carney (110), Rachel Unitt (102) and Jill Scott (100).
 
Jill Scott (pictured) is the latest player to join the prestigious group after receiving her 100th cap in a 1-0 win over Australia last month at the CFA International Women's Football Tournament in Yongchuan, China.
 
Head coach Mark Sampson said: "It's a very special thing to play for your country but to join the '100 Club' is a fantastic achievement for any player.
 
"It's great to see that UEFA and The FA are recognising the nine players and on behalf of the staff and players, we'd like to say congratulations and well done to all of them."
 
The nine players will receive a special cap before kick-off to mark their landmark.
Steph Houghton says England Women cannot wait for their World Cup homecoming. The Lionesses take on Bosnia & Herzegovina in a Euro 2017 qualifier at the new look Ashton Gate on Sunday - their first home match since winning bronze at Canada 2015. Since that historic third place finish Mark Sampson's side have won 8-0 in Estonia and played two matches in China.
 
They have yet to soak up the adulation of a home crowd since the summer, but with activities planned at Ashton Gate to greet the nation's new heroes, Houghton revealed the level of excitement in the squad ahead of Sunday's match.
 
She said: "I think it will be an unbelievable occasion. It has been a long time coming and I'd like to think that even though it's been a few months since the World Cup, we will still get a great reception as if it was just a week after Canada.
 
"We need to get a result first and foremost. We want three qualifying points, but we want to put on a good performance at the same time.
 
"It will be a really special day with a lot of fans coming to cheer us on and I'm sure that will help make the difference."
 
As Houghton alluded to, the Bosnia match is an opportunity for the players to thank the England fans for their support both during and after the World Cup.
 
"If you speak to any of the girls, they will tell you that we are still getting people coming up to us and congratulating us," the 27-year-old continued.
 
"That's a really nice feeling and it's nice to hear that people are proud of us and that we've inspired them. It's great being appreciated by people that you don't even know.
 
"That just shows how well we have done to inspire a nation - and not just young girls, but boys as well.
 
"Hopefully we can entertain them and reward them for what I know will be a great reception. We are all really looking forward to it."

 
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