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Record twelve City stars called up for Lionesses

Record twelve City stars called up for Lionesses
City will have a record-breaking number of representatives at England's November training camp.

Twelve City stars have been selected in Phil Neville's 29-player squad, surpassing our previous highest total of 11.

Ellie Roebuck, Steph Houghton, Demi Stokes, Esme Morgan, Jill Scott, Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway, Ellen White, Chloe Kelly, Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood and Laura Coombs have all been selected, while goalkeeper Karen Bardsley is also on standby.

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The announcement sees Coombs receive her first call-up since October 2015 - testament to the midfielder's superb form, in which she has scored three sensational goals in three games.

With a string of impressive displays, the 29-year-old has earned praise from her manager and peers in recent weeks and her efforts have been rewarded with a return to the Lionesses side.

Neville said: “This has been a challenging time for everyone, but it will be good to finish the year with an intensive training camp during which the squad will develop further and in which every player has the chance to prove themselves ahead of our upcoming major tournaments.

Laura Coombs is a player I have watched a lot this season and I have been very impressed with her progression in the game. She's performed consistently at a high level which merits her call-up to the squad.

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“This camp will give us another excellent opportunity to integrate young promising players with our experienced internationals and align everyone on the team’s long-term vision.

“Although sadly we no longer have a competitive fixture, every minute spent on the training pitch and in planning is crucial and plays an important part in preparing for the UEFA Women’s EURO.

“I want to thank our supporters for their understanding and let them know that we cannot wait to play in front of crowds again in a competitive fixture when the time is right. Rest assured when that moment comes, we’ll be giving our all to make you proud.”

England were due to play Norway on Tuesday 1 December at Bramall Lane, Sheffield - only for the game to be cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Instead, England will meet for the final time in 2020 to take part in a training camp at St George's Park.

As per recent camps, the squad will be split into halves for two in-house training games.

Meanwhile, summer recruits Sam Mewis and Rose Lavelle have been selected in the United States' 23-player squad.

The World Cup winners face 2019 Finalists the Netherlands on 27 November at the Rat Verlegh Stadium in Breda. 

Lavelle scored against the Dutch outfit in the World Cup Final last summer.

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In City's final game before the international break, Gareth Taylor's side are in action on Thursday night with our second Manchester Derby in as many games, facing Manchester United away in our final Continental Cup group stage game.

A point for will secure progression, maintaining our 100% record of reaching the knock-out stages of the competition.

Congratulations to all of our players.

Full squadS

ENGLAND

Goalkeepers: Hannah Hampton (Birmingham City), Sandy MacIver (Everton), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), Carly Telford (Chelsea)

Defenders: Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Grace Fisk (West Ham United), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Millie Turner (Manchester United), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Lucy Staniforth (Manchester United), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City)

Forwards: Rinsola Babajide (Liverpool), Rachel Daly (West Ham United, loan from Houston Dash), Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren James (Manchester United), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Olympique Lyonnais), Ellen White (Manchester City)

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UNITED STATES

Goalkeepers:: Aubrey Bledsoe (Washington Spirit), Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders: Alana Cook (Paris Saint-Germain), Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Portland Thorns FC), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals FC), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Portland Thorns FC), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride)

Midfielders: Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Manchester City), Catarina Macario (Stanford), Kristie Mewis (Houston Dash), Samantha Mewis (Manchester City)

Forwards: Ashley Hatch (Washington Spirit), Tobin Heath (Manchester United), Alex Morgan (Tottenham Hotspur), Christen Press (Manchester United), Sophia Smith (Portland Thorns FC), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

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