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Lionesses Squad Confirmed For Colchester Visit

Bardsley returns from injury, plus two new faces

14 November 2017

England Women interim head coach Mo Marley has named her 26-player squad for this month's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying double-header.

Marley has handed Keira Walsh and Leah Williamson their first England senior call-ups.

The midfield duo have both featured for Marley in the England Women's U19s and have progressed through the age groups. They were part of the U23s squad that won the Nordic Tournament in May.

Elsewhere, Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley returns from injury but Reading midfielder Jade Moore misses out following ankle surgery.

The Lionesses will face Bosnia & Herzegovina at Walsall's Banks's Stadium on Friday 24 November (7.05pm KO).

They will then travel to Colchester where they will play Kazakhstan at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday 28 November (7.05pm KO).

Over 8,000 tickets have now been sold for the visit to the U's home venue and you can book your spot on the website.

England started their qualifying campaign in September, with a comprehensive 6-0 win against Russia.

Marley said: “These matches are hugely important to the World Cup qualifying campaign and we will be looking to get two good results, and finish 2017 in strong fashion.

"I know Keira and Leah well from the WU19s set up and they are both talented young players with lots of potential and playing well for their clubs, and I am pleased to welcome them into the senior squad.

"We are looking forward to ending the year with two home games. We are expecting good crowds at both matches and will be going out to put on two excellent performances for our supporters."

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Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Mary Earps (Reading), Carly Telford (Chelsea)

Defenders: Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Jess Carter (Birmingham City), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Liverpool)

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Reading), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Reading), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Forwards: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Danielle Carter (Arsenal), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Melissa Lawley (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Arsenal)

* A full travel plan for the upcoming game will be published on the website this week.

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