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Monday, September 21, 2015

England Women's National Soccer Team News

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September 21, 2015 - Danielle Carter scores hat-trick in win over Estonia
"Debutant Danielle Carter scored a hat-trick as England secured a comprehensive 8-0 win over minnows Estonia in their opening Euro 2017 qualifier. The Arsenal striker broke the deadlock in just the second minute. Jo Potter swept home a second just after the half-hour mark and Fran Kirby made it 3-0 shortly after. The goals kept coming. Jill Scott turned in Gemma Davison’s cross early in the second half before another debutant, Isobel Christiansen, got herself on the scoresheet with a neat effort from the edge of the box. Kirby prodded home a sixth and Carter bagged two late goals to complete a dream debut." - The FA

September 8, 2015 - roster named for Estonia match
  • Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Notts County), Carly Telford (Notts County) 
  • Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Amy Turner (Notts County), Demi Stokes (Manchester City) 
  • Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City) 
  • Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Danielle Carter (Arsenal), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Ellen White (Notts County)
July 4, 2015 - Fara Williams scores in win over Germany
"Fara Williams's extra-time penalty ensured England beat Germany for the first time in 31 years to finish third at the Women's World Cup. The performance was the second best by an England team following the 1966 win by the men's side and eclipsed the 1990 men's team, who finished fourth in Italy. The Lionesses had not beaten two-time World Cup winners Germany in 20 attempts but they more than matched their opponents and won the spot-kick in the second period of extra-time after substitute Lianne Sanderson was brought down by Tabea Kemme. Williams, who is England's record cap holder and was homeless at one point in her England career, beat retiring German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer for her third penalty of the tournament." - BBC

June 27, 2015 - Jodie Taylor & Lucy Bronze score in win over Canada
"England have reached a FIFA Women’s World Cup semi-final for the first time after an absorbing 2-1 win over host nation Canada in Vancouver. Two early goals laid the foundations for the historic win, first through Jodie Taylor and then Lucy Bronze as the Lionesses raced into the lead. Katie Chapman hit the bar before Canada captain Christine Sinclair halved the arrears just before half-time.... Taylor pounced when centre back Lauren Sesselmann slipped in possession midway inside her own half. The England striker picked up the ball, side-stepped the covering Allysha Chapman and drilled a low shot beyond Erin McLeod to give her side a dream opening. And it got even better just three minutes later when Bronze headed home Fara Williams’s free-kick to put the Lionesses in control with less than a quarter of an hour on the clock." - the FA

June 22, 2015 - Steph Houghton & Lucy Bronze score in 2-1 win over Norway
"Solveig Gulbrandsen nodded the Scandinavians ahead early in the second half, but Mark Sampson’s side responded with a header from captain Steph Houghton and a thunderous 25-yard effort by right-back Lucy Bronze. This was an historic victory for the Lionesses - their first-ever win in the knockout stages of the World Cup. And it means they will take on Canada, the host nation, in the last-eight in Vancouver on Saturday.... Sampson called Jill Scott from the bench in place of Kirby early in the second half in an attempt to firm up his midfield. But no sooner had the 28-year-old taken up her position at a Norway corner than Gulbrandsen's flick-on put her side ahead.The midfielder got in front of Williams at the near post and glanced the ball in off the bar. It was no more than her side had deserved given their level of control of the game.... Houghton showed her leadership qualities when they were needed most. Just a few minutes after England fell behind, the 27-year-old peeled off to the far post to get her head onto Williams’s corner and thump the ball into the far post to equalise.... Scott interchanged well with substitute Jodie Taylor on the right before the Portland Thorns striker laid the ball off invitingly for Bronze. The right-back hit a sumptuous angled first-time drive from 25 yards which Ingrid Hjelmseth got a hand to, but the shot had too much power and the keeper could only push it into the roof of the net." - the FA

June 17, 2015 - Karen Carney & Fara Williams score in win over Colombia
"England survived a dramatic finale as goals from Karen Carney and Fara Williams ensured victory over Colombia and a place in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup. A 2-1 win at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium was enough to see Mark Sampson’s side into the next stage but France’s 5-0 win over Mexico ensured it would not be as Group F winners. Carney got the ball rolling after 15 minutes and Williams doubled the lead with a 38th-minute penalty only for Lady Andrade to raise tension with a skilful chip in stoppage time." - Guardian

June 13, 2015 - Fran Kirby & Karen Carney score in win over Mexico
"England beat Mexico in their second match at the Women's World Cup to put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the last 16. Fran Kirby, the 21-year-old striker who quit football four years ago after suffering from depression following the death of her mother, showed the composure England had been lacking in front of goal and poked home midway through the second half in her first start at a major tournament. After losing their opening game against France, it was a crucial intervention for England as they had already wasted several chances. As England relaxed they doubled the lead with 's late header and although there was a late scare when Fabiola Ibarra took advantage of Karen Bardsley's mistake, Mark Sampson's side held on." - BBC

May 11, 2015 - World Cup roster named
  • Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)
  • Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
  • Midfielders: Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)
  • Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Notts County).
April 9, 2015 - Jodie Taylor & Fran Kirby score in win over China
"Goals from Jodie Taylor and Fran Kirby gave England a 2-1 win over China in their World Cup send-off in Manchester. The front two each netted inside the opening 10 minutes as Mark Sampson’s side flew out of the traps. Jade Moore then hit the post before Wang Shanshan pulled a goal back, but England held on comfortably in their final home match before the summer showpiece in Canada." - the FA

April 7, 2015 - roster named for China match
  • Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County)
  • Defenders: Anita Asante (FC Rosengard), Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)
  • Midfielders: Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)
  • Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Notts County)
March 11, 2015 - Lianne Sanderson scores in win over Canada
"England won the Cyprus Cup final for the third time in six years as Lianne Sanderson's goal earned a 1-0 win against Canada. Sanderson scored from 15 yards after Jordan Nobbs's through ball.... Heavy rain greeted the start of the second half, not helping Sanderson as she scuffed a 56th minute shot on the increasingly slippery surface. But the striker had no such trouble 11 minutes later, racing on to Nobbs's through ball to coolly send a 15-yard shot past the advancing McLeod." - BBC

March 9, 2015 - Eniola Aluko scores equalizer in 1-1 draw with Netherlands
"Eniola Aluko scored a memorable goal to earn England a draw against Holland in the final group match at the Cyprus Cup. Mark Sampson’s side had already booked their place in the final of the annual friendly competition, courtesy of wins over Finland and Australia.... Then came Aluko’s wonder goal. The 28-year-old picked up Turner’s pass on the right and made her way across the pitch, slaloming past four Dutch defenders before finishing calmly past Geurts. It was her 19th strike in her last 27 internationals." -

March 6, 2015 - Jodie Taylor scores hat-trick in win over Australia
"A Jodie Taylor hat-trick helped England Women defeat Australia 3-0, a result which kept Mark Sampson’s side in the running for a shot at a third Cyprus Cup title.... Taylor, making just her fifth appearance, fired England ahead early on with her first international goal, a tremendous angled effort, before doubling the advantage on 17 minutes. She came close to her treble strike twice in the second half before finally claiming her hat-trick with a cool finish late on." - the FA

March 4, 2015 - Sanderson, Aluko & Clarke score in win over Finland
"England Women posted a comfortable 3-1 win over Finland in their opening match of the Cyprus Cup. Arsenal striker Lianne Sanderson headed the Three Lions into the lead midway through the first half. Eniola Aluko doubled the lead on 66 minutes, prodding home Jess Clarke’s pull back for an 18th goal in 26 internationals. Clarke added a third on 83 minutes, smashing home a loose ball from 10 yards out after Finland failed to clear Alex Scott’s cross." - the FA

February 20, 2015 - roster named for Cyprus Cup
  • Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Carly Telford (Notts County) 
  • Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal) 
  • Midfielders: Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Katie Chapman (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool) 
  • Forwards: Eni Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns) - 
February 4, 2015 - Katie Chapman & Anita Asante called up
Head coach Mark Sampson has recalled Katie Chapman and Anita Asante to the England Women’s squad for the upcoming match against USA. The Three Lions will entertain Jill Ellis's two-time World Cup winners at stadium:mk on Friday 13 February. Chelsea midfielder Chapman, who has earned 82 caps, last played for England in September 2010, in a World Cup play-off in Switzerland. Asante has represented England 70 times, the last occasion coming against France in last year’s Cyprus Cup. Meanwhile, Manchester City duo Toni Duggan and Lucy Bronze have been left out of the squad due to injury." - the FA

February 3, 2015 - Kelly Smith retires
England Women's all-time record goalscorer Kelly Smith is retiring from international football after a 20-year career. Smith, who has scored 46 goals for the Lionesses, will continue to play domestic football for Arsenal. Smith made her England debut against Italy in 1995. She scored her first goal against Croatia in the same year. During her career, Smith played in four European Championships and the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. She was also part of the Team GB squad at the 2012 London Olympics." - the FA

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