Analysing Mark Sampson’s 1st squad


Let’s start with those who missed the cut :

Rachel Yankey and Katie Chapman have been left out and available for selection, the door remains open for them. They certainly have the quality to be selected in the squad.

Casey Stoney and Kelly Smith are not fit and therefore not selected. They both need to be fit and therefore will be considered for selection.

The main question for those 4 players is : Will the younger players perform well enough to keep them out of the squad for the Cyprus Cup and the World Cup qualifiers ? With the quality in the 30 players squad selected I am not sure they will come back and in preparation for 2015, that would not be a bad choice.

Jess Clarke is not even mentioned by Mark Sampson despite being in the last 4 tournament squad played by England, ( with Team GB as a reserve) .  It probably means he does not rate her as much as other wingers while Hope Powell did. Davison for example must be  ahead of her as pure winger and you can understand why.

Rachel Williams has not been mentioned either, she has not played in the 2nd half of the WSL season and now moved to Chelsea, so

Claire Rafferty is obviously coming back from her ACL injury and will surely be in contention when fit as there are not many quality left footed left back in England.

Carly Telford is not mentioned either, we will need to see hwo she eprforms with her new  (un-named yet)  team.

The newbies

Gilly Flaherty : As an Arsenal Ladies regular and therefore extremely biaised, I would say that call up is 2-3 years overdue. I have seen her battle against French, German and Swedish teams in the Champions League and reach a level that none of the HP regulars has reached at the time.

Jemma Rose : Another young center back that came through the England youth system. Very strong in 1 v1 duels, great jump and heading and a powerful shoot.

Corinne Yorston : back into the squad after a long time, had an excellent season for her club Bristol.

Alex Greenwood : a rare left footed left back, she came through the England youth ranks, she has all the attribute of the modern left-back a rare quality among English players. Rafferty is similar to her and that’s about it, that’s surely why Liverpool went abroad for a left back last year.

Lianne Sanderson : back into the squad after a long exile, her last tournament was in 2009, if you don’t remember her Arsenal, she couldn’t get into the England 11 despite scoring 50+ and 40 + goals in successive seasons. She has done well in the USA.

Demi Stokes : came through the England youth ranks and was a forward with Sunderland, named as a defender in the squad. Currently studying in the USA

Rachel Daly : Came through the England youth theams as well. She has scored 23 goals this year in the NCAA division and is the top scorer. Selected as a defender not as a center forward though ? Another girl studying in the USA.

Gemma Davison : Not a proper newbie as she has one cap, another one with an overdue call-up. Considering she has won every major title in England a number of times, plus the Champions League (or UEFA Cup at the time) and the WPS title and not being called up by Hope Powell has always been a bizzare choice when you could see the calibre of the players called-up instead.

Jodie Taylor : A successful goalscorer in different league all over the world, her call-up could and should have happened a long time ago

Natasha Dowie :  Not a newbie but as seen on the picture, she has not participated so far in a senior tournament despite her goalscoring prowess and different tactical profile.You do wonder why Powell used to have 4 or 5 identikit CF and none with a different profile to bring on and offer a different option up front ?

The experienced players

6 tournaments : Rachel Brown-Finnis, Alex Scott, Anita Asante, Fara Williams, E Aluko, Karen Carney

5 tournaments : Karen Bardsley, Jill Scott

4 tournaments : Siobhan Chamberlain

3 tournaments :  Laura Bassett, Sophie Bradley, Stephanie Houghton, Dunia Susi, Ellen White

1 tournament : Gemma Bonner, Lucia Bronze, Jade Moore, Jordan Nobbs, Toni Duggan

It is also very interesting ot note that Mark Sampson said  “We’re looking to appoint a [goalkeeping] coach for the first team but also a full-time goalkeeping coach who will be responsible for every woman goalkeeper in the UK. It’s a position we want to develop world class players in.”

I would think Siobhan Chamberlain is overdue a proper chance and a long run after her exceptional 2011 and 2013 FA WSL seasons while Brown-Finnis and Bardsley have had many years and games under Hope Powell and  under GK coach Keith Rees  and have consistently delivered inconsistent performances.


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