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Kirby makes England cut

3 June 2014

Striker set to make international bow!

It has this afternoon been announced that Reading FC Women star strikerĀ Fran KirbyĀ has made the final 23-woman England squad that is set to take on Belarus and the Ukraine in World Cup qualifiers later this month.

England Women's Head Coach Mark Sampson had named Kirby in an initial 30-player squad for a World Cup qualifying double-header, our striker becoming the first player from FA WSL 2 to be called up by Sampson since the division launched in April.Ā 

And Sampson included the Royals' goal-getter in his final cut when he announced it this afternoon.Ā Huge congratulations and lots of luck to Fran from all at Reading Football Club!

Kirby has been in outstanding form for the Royals, who scored aĀ hat-trick against DurhamĀ on Sunday and also scored in vital wins overĀ ArsenalĀ andĀ YeovilĀ earlier this season.

England travel to Belarus and Ukraine next month as part of their 2015 World Cup qualifying campaign. The Three Lions are top of Group 6, having won all six matches so far without conceding a goal. Last time out they beat Ukraine 4-0 in Shrewsbury.Ā 

The first match, against Belarus, will take place on Saturday 14 June at Minskā€™s Traktor Stadium. England then travel to Ukraine, where they will play at Arena Lviv on Thursday 19 June.Ā 

Upcoming fixtures

Belarus v EnglandĀ 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2015Ā 
Group 6 qualifierĀ 
3pm BST, Saturday 14 JuneĀ 
Traktor Stadium, MinskĀ 

Ukraine v EnglandĀ 
FIFA Women's World Cup 2015Ā 
Group 6 qualifierĀ 
4pm BST, Thursday 19 JuneĀ 
Arena Lviv, LvivĀ 

Squad in full

Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal)

Sophie Bradley (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida)

Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham), Jade Moore (Birmingham), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)

Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Dunia Susi (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Kelly Smith (Arsenal)

Also watch her magnificent goal against Arsenal byĀ clicking here.

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