Who will be on the flight to Sweden for England ?

Hope Powell will disclose her 23 players squad on Monday at the Bristish Museum : I guess it will disclosed in the  dinosaur room.

They are likely to be if there is no surprise.

3 GK : Karen Bardsley – Lincoln, Rachel Brown-Finnis – Everton, Siobhan Chamberlain -Bristol

8 DF :  Dunia Susi – Chelsea, Alex Scott – Arsenal, Laura Bassett – Birmingham City, Sophie Bradley -Lincoln, Casey Stoney – Lincoln, Steph Houghton – Arsenal,  Gemma Bonner – Liverpool, Kerys Harrop

5 MF : Anita Asante – Kopparbergs/Gothenburg,  Jill Scott – Everton, Fara Williams – Liverpool,  Jordan Nobbs – Arsenal, Kelly Smith –  Arsenal

7  FW : Rachel Yankey – Arsenal, Ellen White – Arsenal, Eniola Aluko – Chelsea, Toni Duggan – Everton, Karen Carney Birmingham , Rachel Williams – Birmingham, Jess Clarke Lincoln

My choices would be ( in bold those not likely to be chosen by HP )

GK C Telford, S Chamberlain,  M Earps

I would have Telford as number 1 because she is the best overall goalie in term of athleticisn, kicking mechanics and reliability.

My number 2 goalie would be Chamberlain who is getting back to the exceptional level she reached in the 2011 where she should have started the World Cup as number 1 if form was taken into account by coaches.

And as  a number 3 I would take Mary Earps to give her experience and prepare for the future considering the number 3 goalie rarely gets a game but can gain a lot of tournament experience.  No Bardsley or Brown because they are not as reliable as Telford and Chamberlain, one of them  does make mistakes and the other  seem to struggle to reach certain balls and has been for years.

DF A Scott D Susi L Bronze G Flaherty G Bonner L  Bassett  S Houghton K Harrop

8 defenders in the squad to double up all the positions.

My back 4 would be Scott Bonner Flaherty Houghton with Susi Bronze Bassett Harrop their back-up and ready to take their place if injured or not in form.

The two Liverpool players train daily those days and it makes it a huge advantage in term of number of hours on the ball, fitness etc. That’s why they deserve to be in the squad.

Flaherty has been outstanding for Arsenal for years and why she does not make the squad is puzzling. No Stoney as I believe she is a better coach/manager than player and no Bradley as Flaherty is a better center-back for me and has a lot of experience at international level with her club.

MF A Asante  F Williams J  Nobbs K  Smith J Scott

No doubt on the 5 midfield players really although Smith lack of fitness could see her replaced by Potter if needed as she has been superb in midfield for Birmingham for the last 3 season.

FW K Carney G Davison N Dowie E White R Yankey J Clarke T Duggan

Dowie and Davison deserve to be there with their current form being excellent. Dowie top scorer of the League plus many in cup games. Davison can bring a lot with her runs and crosses.

No Aluko for me as Clarke and Davison are better wingers IMO and no Rachel Williams as well as White and Dowie are doing really well so far as center forwards.

Overall, I would select 17 out the 23 from HP probable list as most people know who the best English players are.

Published by Sylvain

women's football fan since 1998

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