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England Women's rising stars will be given greater opportunity to develop in the international set up with the creation of a new Next Gen team.
The Next Gen group will replace the current Under-23 set up, though the squad will still compete in U23-aged matches and competitions. Marieanne Spacey, who is also the senior team's assistant coach, will manage the team.
The changes are designed to maximise the development of the Next Generation players, to strengthen the pathway into the senior team and allowing older players to be part of the squad. The Next Gen squads will regularly train alongside the England Women senior team to further enhance player development and align playing styles.
The first Next Gen group will meet at St George's Park on Sunday 14th August until Thursday 18th August, with Spacey selecting a 17-player squad.
Spacey said: "This is an important change to the England Women's international set up. It will give our potential senior players the opportunity to be in an environment which not only mirrors the senior team, but also develops their understanding of what we want from our England players on and off the pitch.
"With training camps taking place alongside the senior camps we believe this will create a fantastic learning environment for this group and also an aspiration to step up into that senior group."
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