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England name Under-17 World Cup squad
 Women's Football News 12 Sep 2016
 
England Under-17 head coach John Griffiths has named his squad for the FIFA Women's Under-17 World Cup. 
 
Eighteen of the 21-strong squad featured for the Young Lionesses in the Euro finals in May, and their third place finish in Belarus sealed their spot at next month's showpiece event. Reading's Georgia Valentine, Yeovil Town's Jessie Jones and Birmingham City's Connie Scofield complete the line up.
 
The World Cup will take place in Jordan between 30th September and 21st October. England have been drawn in Group C alongside Brazil, Nigeria and North Korea.
 
This is the first ever England Women's Under-17s side to qualify for the World Cup. The squad that competed in 2008 were invited to the tournament - and reached the semi finals.
 
Griffiths said: "We had a good three-week training camp in York recently and preparations have gone really well.
 
"It was nice to have so much time with the players to make sure they are as ready physically and mentally for the challenge they are about to embark on.
 
"This is our first World Cup at this level in eight years and the game has changed a lot since then, so we have prepared as fully as we possibly can.
 
"If you look ahead to the senior squad who will hopefully get to the World Cup in 2023, a number of these girls could be involved so it's important at this formative stage that they get 15-20 caps at 17 years of age.
 
"And the more opponents we can put in front of them, in terms of European and non-European teams, and styles of play, the better.
 
"It's all about giving them as much experience as possible in the younger age groups right up to the seniors."
 
England will open up against North Korea on Saturday 1st October, followed by Nigeria on Tuesday 4th October and Brazil four days later.
 
Griffiths's charges have been in scintillating form over the last year. They racked up two 13-0 wins in Euro qualifying, against Croatia and Estonia, while their 12-0 defeat of Belarus in May was a record win in a UEFA Finals tournament, at any level.
 
Chelsea forward Alessia Russo finished the finals as joint top scorer with five goals, while Niamh Charles (four), Hannah Cain, Ellie Brazil and Anna Filbey (all three) were also among the top eight goalscorers in Belarus. Charles topped the assists chart with six, while Cain and Russo chipped in with three each.
 
Griffiths added: "We are all really excited, staff and players alike. The staff have put in an incredible amount of work to prepare the players for Jordan.
 
"The key was getting there. Now we're there, and fully prepared, we have to make sure we enjoy the experience.
 
"We want to go as far as we possibly can."
 
England Under-17 World Cup squad: 
 
 Ellie ROEBUCK   Manchester City 
 Katie STARTUP   Chelsea 
 Georgia VALENTINE   Reading FC Women 
 Flo ALLEN   Bristol City 
 Taylor HINDS   Arsenal 
 Lois JOEL   Chelsea 
 Anna PATTEN   Arsenal 
 Kelsey PEARSON   Blackburn Rovers 
 Grace SMITH   Aston Villa 
 Lotte WUBBEN-MOY   Arsenal 
 Anna FILBEY   Arsenal 
 Laura HOOPER   Arsenal 
 Jessie JONES   Yeovil Town 
 Hollie OLDING   Chelsea 
 Connie SCOFIELD   Birmingham City 
 Ellie BRAZIL   Birmingham City 
 Hannah CAIN   Sheffield FC 
 Niamh CHARLES   Liverpool 
 Alessia RUSSO   Chelsea 
 Georgia STANWAY   Manchester City 
 Ella TOONE   Manchester City 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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