Young Lionesses squad selected for #WU19EURO

Aimee Palmer, Olivia Smith and Amy Rodgers celebrate qualification. (Photo: Paul Currie for The FA)

Rehanne Skinner has selected a 20-player England squad for the UEFA Women’s U19 Finals, which are being staged in Scotland starting next week.

The Young Lionesses face Germany [Tues 16 July, McDiarmid Park, Perth], holders Spain [Fri 19 July, Forthbank Stadium, Stirling] and Belgium [Mon 22 July, McDiarmid Park, Perth] in their group games.

England name a squad comprising of an increasing number of emerging talent whose performances and involvement in the FA WSL and FA Women’s Championship was notable throughout the 2018-19 season.

Call-ups for Asmita Ale (Aston Villa), Kiera Skeels (Reading) and Molly Pike (Everton) reflect the progress made at their clubs and within the England WU18 programme this past season.

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Skinner said: “Naming the squad has been a real privilege.

Rehanne Skinner congratulates Ella Rutherford. (Photo: Paul Currie for The FA)

“There is a fantastic feeling of togetherness in the squad, they have been committed in their approach in the off season to be ready to represent their country and are keen to continue the example set by our senior Lionesses in their recent World Cup performances.

“Our aim at this age group is to provide experiences for players to ensure we best prepare them for the long-term goal of producing players to represent and win as senior internationals and this tournament is a perfect platform.

“Our expectations and ambitions are to play in as many youth tournaments as possible to support player development and experience on their journey to becoming senior players. With that in mind, our aim is to qualify for next year’s U20 FIFA Women’s World Cup to continue that process.”

England U19 squad

Goalkeepers: Hannah Hampton (Birmingham City), Emily Ramsey (Manchester United)

Defenders: Asmita Ale (Aston Villa), Niamh Cashin (Rider University), Georgia Eaton-Collins (University of Florida), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Grace Neville (London City Lionesses), Kiera Skeels (Reading), Olivia Smith (University of Central Florida)

Midfielders: Lauren James (Manchester United), Aimee Palmer (Manchester United), Jessica Park (Manchester City), Molly Pike (Everton),  Amy Rodgers (Liverpool), Emily Syme (Aston Villa)

Forwards: Lucy Fitzgerald (London City Lionesses), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Jessica Naz (Tottenham Hotspur), Ella Rutherford (Bristol City), Ebony Salmon (Unattached).