#YoungLionesses squad for UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship Elite Round

Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Rehanne Skinner has named her squad for the upcoming UEFA Women’s U-19 European Championship elite round qualifiers at St. George’s Park.

The 20-player squad will take on Turkey [Wednesday 3 April, kick-off 1pm], Sweden [Saturday 6 April, kick-off 1pm] and Italy [Tuesday 9 April, kick-off 1pm].

At this stage of the tournament only one nation who finish top of the four-team group will progress to July’s finals in Scotland.

All three matches will be played at the national football centre.

Fresh from her time away at the SheBelieves Cup with the senior women’s team, Manchester City forward Lauren Hemp returns and is reunited with eight other players that gained experience together in this phase of the U-19 tournament last year.

The team comprises of an increasing number of emerging talent whose performances and involvement in the WSL and Championship has been notable in recent months.

Tottenham Hotspur forward Jess Naz returns to the squad and Aston Villa forward Jodie Hutton has been called up from the U18s.

Head coach Skinner said: “The team’s preparation leading into this event has involved some excellent opposition in various international tournaments. We have learnt a lot during those experiences and are now looking forward to hosting the UEFA elite round on home soil at St. George’s Park.

“We face three very different opposition in this competition and will need to be prepared for those challenges. At this stage of the championship, only one team progresses so it provides a great test for us.

“Hopefully we can progress to the Euro Finals to keep gaining crucial exposure and experience for our future Lionesses and their development. The whole team is looking forward to the games.”

Please note all matches are invitation-only and not open to the public.

Enlgnad 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 (Sheffield United, on loan from 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), Lucy Fitzgerald (Millwall Lionesses), Ella Rutherford (Bristol City)

: Jessica Naz (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Ebony Salmon (Sheffield United, on loan from Manchester United), Jodie Hutton (Aston Villa)

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