Rehanne Skinner has named her England Women’s Under-19 squad for the upcoming La Manga Tournament, reports TheFA.com.
The 20-player squad travel to Alicante to take on hosts Spain [Thursday 28 February], China [Saturday 2 March] and Switzerland [Monday 4 March].
Naomi Hartley, Grace Neville and Rebecca Jarrett receive their first call-ups of 2019 along with several regular starting players in the FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship.
The matches will act as vital preparation for the WU19 European Championship elite qualifying round on home soil in April.
There, the Young Lionesses will face Turkey [Wednesday 3 April], Sweden [Saturday 6 April] and Italy [Tuesday 9 April] with all matches to be played at St. George’s Park.
Head coach Skinner said: “We’re all looking forward to this latest round of fixtures.
“We had two tough tests in the Algarve last month and both were vital learning opportunities for the group.
“We expect more of the same in Spain which will only prove beneficial as we prepare and progress towards the Elite qualifying round in April.”
England U-19 Squad:
Goalkeepers: Emily Ramsey (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Birmingham City)
Defenders: Poppy Pattinson (Bristol City), Olivia Smith (University of Oklahoma), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Georgia Eaton-Collins (University of Florida), Niamh Cashin (Rider University), Naomi Hartley (Manchester United), Grace Neville (Millwall Lionesses)
Midfielders: Jess Park (Manchester City), Lauren James (Manchester United), Aimee Palmer (Manchester United), Amy Rodgers (Liverpool), Emily Syme (Yeovil Town), Sophia Pharoah (Brighton and Hove Albion), Amelia Hazard (Arsenal)
Forwards: Lucy Fitzgerald (Millwall Lionesses), Ella Rutherford (Bristol City), Rebecca Jarrett (University of Virginia), Ebony Salmon (Sheffield United, on loan from Manchester United).