Mark Sampson confirms England squad for Wales

Monday 11 Aug 2014
England celebrate their fourth against Sweden at Hartlepool
Mark Sampson has named his 23-person squad as England prepare to take on Wales in Cardiff.

After winning each of the first eight 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers, the Lionesses go into the 21 August fixture knowing a point will be enough to guarantee their place in the Finals in Canada.

Sampson will of course be looking to maintain the 100 per cent record – during which they have scored 38 times and conceded just once – and has named a strong squad.

Wales v England

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier

Cardiff City Stadium 

7.05pm, 21 August 2014 

Live on BBC

After impressing in the 4-0 friendly victory against Sweden earlier in August, Sampson has kept faith in the game's two debutants and recalled Fran Kirby of Reading and Jodie Taylor, who plays her football in America with Washington Spirit.

Meanwhile, experienced internationals Casey Stoney and Kelly Smith – who have 207 caps between them – return after being rested for the fixture in Hartlepool.

Following the game in Cardiff, Sampson’s side travel to Montenegro to complete the group stage on 17 September – although he will be hoping to get the job done closer to home across the Welsh border.



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


Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Jemma Rose (Bristol Academy)*


Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool)


Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit)

*Replaced Kelly Smith (Arsenal)

England fans can buy their tickets via the stadium ticket office hotline only, on 0845 345 1400, and should request the away end in blocks 202 and 203.  Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.

By Jamie Reid Senior Writer