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Eight Man City Women stars picked for Euros

LIONESSES: Plenty of Man City representation in the England Women line up

LIONESSES: Plenty of Man City representation in the England Women line up

Man City Women will have strong representation at Euro 2017 with England.

Mark Sampson has released his 23-player squad for the tournament in Holland, featuring eight Blues.

Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes, Izzy Christiansen, Jill Scott, Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris have all been called up.

Stokes, Christiansen and Parris will make their senior tournament debuts.

Skipper Houghton expressed her pride to captain such a close-knit, driven team.

"The togetherness is a real strong point," she declared. "It’s something we’ve been working on for the last couple of years, making sure we get the best out of each other.

"We have a lot of experience but whenever you get that email, it brings the same excitement. It’s an honour to be leading this squad out at the Euros.

"We have a really good chance of winning this tournament. Maybe we’re under a bit more pressure than we were at the World Cup.

"The success has been fantastic but we want to go one step further.

"Whenever we step out onto the training pitch, we focus on believing we have a chance.

"We’ve proven we can beat the best. The belied is what drives this team forward and keeps this team improving."

The Lionesses, looking to build on their bronze medal success of the 2015 World Cup, face Scotland (19 July), Spain (23 July) and Portugal (27 July).

As part of their preparation, England host Italy on 7 April at Port Vale’s Vale Park and Austria three days later at Stadium:MK.

Sampson’s side were unbeaten in their eight Euro qualifiers.

Full squad

Goalkeepers

Karen Bardsley, Siobhan Chamberlain, Carly Telford

Defenders

Laura Bassett, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Steph Houghton, Jo Potter, Alex Scott, Demi Stokes, Casey Stoney

Midfielders

Millie Bright, Izzy Christiansen, Jade Moore, Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott, Fara Williams

Forwards

Karen Carney, Toni Duggan, Fran Kirby, Nikita Parris, Jodie Taylor, Ellen White

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Bronze: We want to make more history

BUOYANT BRONZE: Lucy Bronze believes City can defeat Lyon in the Champions League semi-finals

Lucy Bronze says Man City Women have an advantage ahead of their Champions League semi-final clash with Lyon.

The defender sent City through to the last four with a headed goal from a Mel Lawley corner just before half-time, as Nick Cushing’s side claimed a 2-0 aggregate win over Fortuna Hjorring.

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Cushing: UWCL semis is an unbelievable achievement

LOOKING AHEAD: Nick Cushing's Man City Women face Lyon in the Champions League semi-finals

Man City Women manager Nick Cushing is relishing the prospect of testing his players against the best team in Europe.

The Blues reached the Champions League semi-finals in their maiden campaign with a 2-0 aggregate victory over Fortuna Hjorring.