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England
220px-England crest 2009.svg
Nickname(s) "Three Lionesses", "The Lionesses"
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Mark Sampson
Asst coach Marieanne Spacey
Captain Steph Houghton
Most caps Fara Williams (150)
Top scorer Kelly Smith (46)
FIFA ranking 5 Decrease 1 (26 August 2016)
Highest FIFA ranking 4 (March 2016)
Lowest FIFA ranking 14 (June 2004)
First international Scotland.png Scotland 2–3 England.png England
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win Flag of Hungary.png Hungary 0–13 England.png England
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
Biggest defeat Flag of Norway.png Norway 8–0 England.png England
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup appearances 4 (First in 1995)
Best result Third place (2015)
appearances 9 (First in 1984)
Best result Runner-up (1984, 2009)
England Kit 001England Kit 002

The England women's national football team represents England in international women's association football. The team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

England has qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup four times, reaching the quarter final stage on the first three occasions in 1995, 2007, and 2011, and finishing third in 2015. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.

History

Early years

The success of the men's national football team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup led to an upsurge of interest in football from women within England. The Women's Football Association (WFA) was established a few years later in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game. That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup. Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971).

Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) rescinded its fifty-year ban on women playing on Football League grounds.

Shortly after, Eric Worthington was tasked by the WFA to assemble an official women's national team. England competed in its first international match against Scotland in Greenock on 18 November 1972, almost 100 years after the first men's international.

The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents by 3 goals to 2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal. Tom Tranter replaced Worthington as long term manager of the women's national football team and remained in that position for the next six years.

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for a training camp in August 2016.

Head coach: Flag of Wales Mark Sampson

# Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Karen Bardsley 14 October 1984 (1984-10-14) (age 35) 55 0 England Manchester City
1GK Siobhan Chamberlain 15 August 1983 (1983-08-15) (age 36) 34 0 England Liverpool
1GK Rebecca Spencer 22 February 1991 (1991-02-22) (age 29) 0 0 England Chelsea
2DF Laura Bassett 2 August 1983 (1983-08-02) (age 36) 56 2 England Notts County
2DF Lucy Bronze 28 October 1991 (1991-10-28) (age 28) 26 4 England Manchester City
2DF Gilly Flaherty 24 August 1991 (1991-08-24) (age 28) 3 0 England Chelsea
2DF Steph Houghton (Captain) 23 April 1988 (1988-04-23) (age 32) 66 8 England Manchester City
2DF Alex Scott 14 October 1984 (1984-10-14) (age 35) 129 12 England Arsenal
2DF Demi Stokes 12 December 1991 (1991-12-12) (age 28) 18 1 England Manchester City
2DF Casey Stoney 13 May 1982 (1982-05-13) (age 38) 124 6 England Arsenal
3MF Isobel Christiansen 20 September 1991 (1991-09-20) (age 28) 5 2 England Manchester City
3MF Jade Moore 22 October 1990 (1990-10-22) (age 29) 16 1 England Notts County
3MF Jordan Nobbs 8 December 1992 (1992-12-08) (age 27) 24 3 England Arsenal
3MF Josanne Potter 13 November 1984 (1984-11-13) (age 35) 24 3 England Notts County
3MF Jill Scott 2 February 1987 (1987-02-02) (age 33) 102 15 England Manchester City
3MF Fara Williams 25 January 1984 (1984-01-25) (age 36) 148 40 England Arsenal
4FW Karen Carney 1 August 1987 (1987-08-01) (age 32) 110 25 England Chelsea
4FW Danielle Carter 18 May 1993 (1993-05-18) (age 27) 1 3 England Arsenal
4FW Rachel Daly 6 December 1991 (1991-12-06) (age 28) 1 1 Flag of the United States Houston Dash
4FW Gemma Davison 17 April 1987 (1987-04-17) (age 33) 8 2 England Chelsea
4FW Leah Galton 24 May 1994 (1994-05-24) (age 26) 0 0 Flag of the United States Sky Blue FC
4FW Nikita Parris 10 March 1994 (1994-03-10) (age 26) 2 2 England Manchester City
4FW Ellen White 9 May 1989 (1989-05-09) (age 31) 55 17 England Notts County

Recent callups

The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Carly Telford 7 July 1987 (1987-07-07) (age 32) 7 0 England Notts County v. Flag of Serbia.jpg Serbia, 7 June 2016
GK Rachael Laws 5 November 1990 (1990-11-05) (age 29) 0 0 England Sunderland v. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 November 2015
GK Mary Earps 7 March 1993 (1993-03-07) (age 27) 0 0 England Bristol Academy v. Flag of Australia.png Australia, 27 October 2015
DF Alex Greenwood 7 September 1993 (1993-09-07) (age 26) 17 1 England Liverpool v. Flag of Serbia.jpg Serbia, 7 June 2016
DF Amy Turner 4 July 1991 (1991-07-04) (age 28) 4 0 England Notts County v. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 November 2015
DF Jemma Rose 19 January 1992 (1992-01-19) (age 28) 1 0 England Arsenal v. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 November 2015
DF Hannah Blundell 25 May 1994 (1994-05-25) (age 26) 0 0 England Chelsea v. Flag of Australia.png Australia, 27 October 2015
MF Laura Coombs 29 January 1991 (1991-01-29) (age 29) 2 0 England Liverpool (on loan from Chelsea) v. Flag of Australia.png Australia, 27 October 2015
MF Drew Spence 23 October 1992 (1992-10-23) (age 27) 1 0 England Chelsea v. Flag of Australia.png Australia, 27 October 2015
FW Fran Kirby 29 June 1993 (1993-06-29) (age 26) 15 5 England Chelsea v. Flag of Serbia.jpg Serbia, 7 June 2016
FW Jodie Taylor 17 May 1986 (1986-05-17) (age 34) 15 5 England Arsenal v. Flag of Serbia.jpg Serbia, 7 June 2016
FW Jessica Clarke 5 May 1989 (1989-05-05) (age 31) 52 11 England Notts County v. Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.png Bosnia and Herzegovina, 29 November 2015
FW Lianne Sanderson 3 February 1988 (1988-02-03) (age 32) 50 15 Flag of the United States Orlando Pride v. Flag of Australia.png Australia, 27 October 2015
FW Beth Mead 9 May 1995 (1995-05-09) (age 25) 0 0 England Sunderland v. Flag of Australia.png Australia, 27 October 2015

External links

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England – 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup

1. Bardsley 2. A. Scott 3. Rafferty 4. Williams 5. Houghton (c) 6. Bassett 7. Nobbs 8. J. Scott 9. Aluko 10. Carney 11. Moore 12. Bronze 13. Chamberlain 14. Greenwood 15. Stoney 16. Chapman 17. Potter 18. Duggan 19. Taylor 20. Sanderson 21. Telford 22. Kirby 23. White

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