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Fran Kirby's striking rivals

5 June 2015

Who the Royal must fight for her place with

Reading striker Fran Kirby will be playing for Mark Sampson’s England squad in the Woman’s World Cup in Canada, which gets underway on Saturday.

Being the only player from FA WSL 2 to earn a call up, she will be one of six forward options available for the Lionesses at the tournament. Here, have profiled each of England's strikers...

Name: Toni Duggan
Born: 25th July 1991
Club: Manchester City W.F.C
Squad Number: 18
England Debut: 3-0 Croatia – 19/09/12

Playing for the England U17s squad at the age of 15, Duggan progressed through the age groups to score on her 18th birthday in England's 2009 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship Final win, against Sweden in Belarus.

She scored the winning goal for Everton in the 2008 Woman’s Premier League Cup and won the FA Woman’s Cup with them in 2010. Duggan now plays her club football for Manchester City, having joined them in 2013.

Name: Eni Aluko
Born: 21st February 1987
Club: Chelsea Ladies
Squad number: 9
England debut: 2-1 Netherlands – 18/09/04

A WSL Cup winner with Birmingham, an FA League and Cup winner with Charlton, and the FA Women’s Young Player of the year for 2003 – Aluko now plays her club football for Chelsea Ladies, who she joined in December 2010.

She was a runner-up with the England squad in the UEFA Women's European Championship of 2009 and also represented Team GB in the 2012 London Olympics, where they made it to the Quarter-Finals before bowing out against Canada.

Name: Lianne Sanderson
Born: 3rd February 1988
Club: Arsenal Ladies
Squad number: 20
England debut: 2-0 Hungary – 11/05/06

Having played for England at U15, U17, U19 and U21 levels, Sanderson attained her first major honour with her country in 2009, winning the Cyprus Cup.

Now playing her club football for Arsenal Ladies, during that time she’s had the honour of winning; the FA Women's Premier League National Division, the FA and Premier League Cups, the Community Shield, and the UEFA Cup – all in the space of five years. 

Name: Jodie Taylor
Born: 17th May 1986
Club: Portland Thorns FC
Squad number: 19
England debut: 4-0 Sweden – 03/08/14

With over 130 League appearances in her Career, Taylor has played for teams including Tranmere Rovers,     Melbourne Victory, Sydney F.C, and most recently American National Women's Soccer League team, Portland Thorns.

In 2014, the newly appointed England manager Mark Sampson gave Taylor her international debut against Sweden in a friendly. She has gone on to make eight appearance for the Lionesses and scored four times, including a hat-trick against Australia in the Cyprus Cup.  

Name: Fran Kirby
Born: 29th June 1993
Club: Reading F.C. Women
Squad number: 22
England debut: 4-0 Sweden – 03/08/14

Being the only player from WSL 2 to earn an England call up, Kirby made her goalscoring debut against Sweden last summer and has eight international caps to her name. She was also an important member of the Lionesses squad during their victory in this year’s Cyprus Cup. 

Having joined Reading at the age of seven, Kirby has played her club football for us ever since. Named top scorer in the Women’s tittle winning 2012-13 season, she’s continued her goal scoring form throughout her career having netted nine times already this year in her opening two league games.

Name: Ellen White
Born: 9th May 1989
Club: Notts County Ladies
Squad number: 23
England debut: 3-0 Austria – 25/03/10

Starting her club career with Chelsea Ladies, White has also played her football for Arsenal before joining up with Notts County Ladies at the stat of the 2014 season.

Her international career began in 2010 with a debut against Austria, in which she scored the last of three goals. Voted as the England Women’s Player of the Year for 2011, White’s made 50 appearances for the Lionesses and scored on 17 occasions.

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