#YoungLionesses squad named for Nordic Cup

Mel Reay is to take charge of England U-23s at the Nordic Cup. (Photo: James Marsh for FA)

The England Women’s U-23 squad for the 2018 Nordic Tournament has been named, reports TheFA.com.

Sunderland head coach Melanie Reay, who assisted Phil Neville in one of his early Lionesses camps, will take charge of the team in Sarpsborg, Norway after being released by Sunderland and Gateshead College for the trip.

Ten of the 20 players selected featured in last year’s tournament – where England ran out winners.

Manchester United trio Millie Turner, Katie Zelem and Ella Toone are included while Everton boast four representatives.

The Young Lionesses will take on host nation Norway (on Wednesday 29 August), USA (Friday 31 August) and Sweden (Monday 3 September) in the round-robin competition.

Reay said: “Naming the squad has been a privilege with such a talented group of players.

“I’d like to place on record my thanks to Sunderland and Gateshead College for allowing me to take this opportunity.

“We are all really looking forward to heading out to Norway for what is always an exciting and competitive tournament.”

Goalkeepers: Sophie Baggaley (Bristol City), Anna Moorhouse (West Ham United)

Defenders: Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City), Paige Williams (Birmingham City), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Millie Turner (Manchester United), Jemma Purfield (Arizona State University), Georgia Brougham (Everton)

Midfielders: Carla Humphrey (Bristol City), Jodie Brett (Brighton & Hove Albion), Katie Zelem (Manchester United), Jenna Dear (Valerenga Damer), Abbey-Leigh Stringer (Everton), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Molly Bartrip (Reading)

Forwards: Millie Farrow (Reading), Olivia Fergusson (Yeovil Town), Hannah Cain (Everton), Claudia Walker (Everton), Sarah Mayling (Birmingham City).

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