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Fran Kirby named in England's World Cup squad

11 May 2015

Striker becomes club's first Women's World Cup England player

Reading striker Fran Kirby has been named in Mark Sampson’s England squad for this summer’s Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Kirby, who made a goalscoring debut for the Lionesses against Sweden last summer, has eight England caps to her name and is the only player from the WSL 2 League to earn a call up.

She came off the bench in front of 45,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium in November for the friendly with Germany and scored her second international goal against China last month.

Kirby was also an important member of the England squad for this year’s Cyprus Cup campaign - a tournament that the Lionesses won. 

In November of last year, she became the club’s first ever professional female player and, this season, she has already struck 11 league goals in five appearances.

This summer’s Women’s World Cup will be the first to be broadcasted in full. The BBC will be airing every game on either BBC Two, BBC Three of the red button.

All games will be able to view on the BBC Sport website and live commentary will be available of all England match on BBC Radio 5 Live.

There will also be a daily catch-up programme on the iPlayer as well as live text commentary from every England match and other selected games.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Carly Telford (Notts County)

Defenders: Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Laura Bassett (Notts County), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Fara Williams (Liverpool), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Jade Moore (Birmingham), Karen Carney (Birmingham), Jo Potter (Birmingham), Katie Chapman (Chelsea)

Forwards: Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Eni Aluko (Chelsea), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Fran Kirby (Reading), Ellen White (Notts County)

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