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MCWFC stars on international duty: Who's going where?

Ten of Manchester City Women's stars are preparing to represent their countries over the next week.

Karen Bardsley, Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Isobel Christiansen, Jill Scott and Toni Duggan have all made the England squad, whilst Jennifer Beattie and Jane Ross have been picked for Scotland and Natasha Harding has been chosen for Wales.

Mark Sampson's Lionesses travel to Duisburg on Thursday 26 November for an exhibition game, locking horns with Germany for the first time since the third-place play-off game at the World Cup.

Although there are no points at stake in this encounter, Bronze has urged her side to secure another victory over the two-time World Champions to prove their victory in Canada was not a one-off.

She told the FA's website: "We need to beat them again to prove that we are up there and that the bronze medal wasn’t a fluke.

"We are highly capable of doing that and to go away to Germany and win would be absolutely incredible."

Kick-off is at 5pm and the clash will be broadcast on the BBC's red button.

On Sunday 29 November, England return to Euro 2017 action, hosting Bosnia-Herzegovina at Bristol City's Ashton Gate in the Lionesses' first game on home territory since the World Cup.

Skipper Houghton expressed her excitement, asserting her teammates cannot wait to play in front of their own fans.

"I think it will be an unbelievable occasion," she declared.

"It has been a long time coming and I’d like to think that even though it’s been a few months since the World Cup, we will still get a great reception as if it was just a week after Canada.

"We need to get a result first and foremost. We want three qualifying points, but we want to put on a good performance at the same time.

"It will be a really special day with a lot of fans coming to cheer us on and I’m sure that will help make the difference."

Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased via TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 01179 630 600. Kick-off is at 3:30pm and the game will be shown on BBC Two.

On the same day, Scotland take on Macedonia in a Euro 2017 qualifier at 3:05pm.

The Scots sit top of Group 1 after three games, which have produced maximum points and the country's best ever start to a qualifying campaign.

Harding's Wales have two Euro qualifiers to contend with - one against Kazakhstan on Thursday and another against Isreal on Tuesday.

The Dragons head into tomorrow's game on the back of two away defeats but Harding hopes their fortunes can change on home soil.

"Everyone's working hard as always, putting in 100%," she said. "It's not been great with the weather but it's Wales - what can you do?!

Natasha Harding

"I thought we did really well against Norway - our performance didn't reflect the result.

"It was hard lines on the girls that didn't we come away with at least a couple of goals and we perhaps could have got a draw if we had defended a bit better.

"We're going to take everything we've learned into the game against Kazakhstan and hopefully, be on the front foot throughout the 90 minutes."

The Kazakhstan game kicks-off at 2pm at the Conygar Bridge Meadow Stadium, Haverfordwest, while the trip to Isreal takes place at 1pm.

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