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City septet receive England call-ups

Seven of Manchester City Women's stars have been called up to the England squad.

Karen Bardsley, Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Isobel Christiansen, Jill Scott and Toni Duggan have all been included in Mark Sampson's 23-player group ahead of next week's friendly and Euro 2017 qualifier.

The announcement sees a return to international action for Duggan, who has been sidelined through injury since the end of August.

Ahead of their qualifier against Bosnia-Herzegovina at Bristol City's Ashton Gate on Sunday 29 November (3:30pm), England travel to Duisburg to face Germany in an exhibition game on Thursday 26 November (5pm).

The clash will been shown on the BBC Red Button and sees the two sides lock horns for the first time since the third-place play-off in the World Cup, in which the Lionesses emerged victorious to claim a bronze medal.

Sampson's side head into the Bosnia-Herzegovina clash third in Group 7 after one game, having romped to an 8-0 win over Estonia in September

Tickets for the game in Bristol are still available and are priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available at £10 and group booking discounts apply.

Tickets can be purchased via TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 01179 630 600  .

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Rachael Laws (Sunderland), Carly Telford (Notts County)

Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Amy Turner (Notts County)

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Notts County)

Meanwhile, Jennifer Beattie and Jane Ross have also been called up to the Scotland squad for their Euro qualifier against Macedonia in Paisley also on 29 November.

The Scots sit top of Group 1, having collected maximum points from their three qualifiers.

Natasha Harding will also represent Wales in their qualifier against Kazakhstan on the same day England face Germany. The Dragons are winless after their two Group 8 games.


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