England Women’s U-23 squad named for Belgium friendly

Mo Marley returns as interin manager of England U-23s
Head coach Mo Marley returns on a temporary basis. (Photo: Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Shekicks.net uses pictures provided by Getty Images)

England are to play a Women’s Under-23 match against Belgium as Sarina Wiegman looks to increase opportunities for promising players in the senior pathway.

The WU23s will travel to the Stade Leburton in Tubize for the international fixture on 25 October (kick-off 1.30pm), with experienced coach Mo Marley returning to guide the squad on an interim basis.

The training camp prior to departure will be at St. George’s Park under the guidance of Marley, who will mentor Emma Coates and England’s most capped player Fara Williams, alongside goalkeeper coach Tom Pressman to complete the coaching team.

Kay Cossington, Head of Women’s Technical, said: “Sarina and her staff want to bridge the gap between the age groups and the seniors, and after 18 months of limited international football in the women’s game we can start to make up for lost
opportunities.

“Emma and Fara will benefit greatly from working with Mo on this camp, as part of our commitment to helping our young coaches to get as much varied experience as possible. I am sure the players will relish the chance to be involved in international football and show what they can do.”

England Women’s under-23 squad

GOALKEEPERS

Fran Bentley – Bristol City (on loan from Man Utd)
Emily Ramsey – Birmingham City (on loan from Man Utd) 
Fran Stenson – Brighton & Hove Albion (on loan from Arsenal)

DEFENDERS

Asmita Ale – Tottenham Hotspur
Megan Finnigan – Everton
Gabby George – Everton
Taylor Hinds – Liverpool
Maya Le Tissier – Brighton & Hove Albion
Maz Pacheco – Aston Villa
Anna Patten – Arsenal
Poppy Pattinson – Everton
Kiera Skeels – Charlton Athletic

MIDFIELDERS

Missy Bo Kearns – Liverpool
Ruby Grant – University of North Carolina
Melisa Filis – West Ham United
Jess Park – Manchester City
Molly Pike – Leicester City

FORWARDS

Angela Addison – Tottenham Hotspur
Ellie Brazil – Brighton & Hove Albion
Emma Harries – Reading
Jess Naz – Tottenham Hotspur
Katie Robinson – Brighton & Hove Albion
Ebony Salmon – Racing Louisville

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