With the good news that Hope Powell has selected Welsh players in her pre-squad for her 2012 Olympics. Let’s have a look at the potential candidates starting with the goalkeepers.
Carly Telford : a fantastic athlethe, clearly the best English goalkeeper, the only question mark is her fitness with her recurrents shoulder problem.
Karen Bardsley : England’s current number 1 tall solid strong in the air.
Siobhan Chamberlain : Best goalkeeper in England by a mile in 2011, deserve to be at the Olympics.
So those are the 3 main candidates for 2 places in the Olympic squad. If one of those is injured, there are some obvious 4th and 5th choice
Rebecca Spencer : Not the tallest player but Japan won the World Cup with a small goalkeeper. Technically very complete and has bags on international experience.
Marie Hourihan : A solid season wtih blues and a regular with the U23 side.
There are other talented goalkeepers in England like Danielle Hill, Sarah Quantrill, Helen Alderson, Mary Earps, Kay Hawke or Rachel Brown but I don’t think they are at the same level as the 5 players above. Same thing for the Welsh and Scottish goalkeepers except the one that is now in the Scottish 6 nations rugby squad 😉
The top 4 goalies make my shortlist.