Ellen White back in the England fold for China game

Monday 30 Mar 2015
Ellen White has scored 17 goals in 49 internationals

Ellen White, Toni Duggan, Natasha Dowie and Anita Asante have all been recalled to the England Women’s squad for the match against China on Thursday 9 April.

Mark Sampson’s side will entertain China at Manchester City’s new Academy Stadium in their final home match before this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

White last played for her country against Montenegro in April 2014, before an anterior cruciate ligament injury forced her to sit out the rest of the year. The Notts County striker could make her 50th England appearance against China, as could her club mate Jess Clarke.

England v China

A Women's International
7.30pm, Thursday 9 April
Academy Stadium, Manchester
Tickets priced £5 adults, £2.50 children
Buy via www.MCFC.co.uk/Tickets

Asante’s last international appearance came against France in last year’s Cyprus Cup final, while Dowie came off the bench against Montenegro in September and Duggan was part of the historic match against Germany at Wembley in November

Sampson said: "This match is the last time we get the group together before we select the final 23-player squad for the World Cup.

“It’s a crucial camp and gives the players the chance to really stake a claim for a seat on the plane to Canada.

“We have a number of players in good form so I am expecting training to be intense and the element of competition within the group to be at its maximum.

Toni Duggan

Man City's Toni Duggan is back in the England squad

“With a month to go until we meet up for the tournament, getting as much as we can out of every day is vital to our preparation."

The Lionesses will be without captain Steph Houghton due to a knee problem, while recent centurion Karen Carney also misses out through injury. Lucy Bronze is still recovering from a minor knee operation in February.

England have been drawn in Group F at the World Cup alongside France, Colombia and Mexico. They open up against the French in Moncton on Tuesday 9 June.

They will take on the host nation in Ontario on Friday 29 May in their final World Cup warm-up match.

England’s last match was also against Canada as they defeated John Herdman’s side 1-0 to clinch the Cyprus Cup for a third time.

Tickets are on sale now, priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is £10 and group booking discounts apply.

Tickets are available via www.MCFC.co.uk/Tickets or in person at the Manchester City box office at Etihad Stadium.


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

Defenders: Anita Asante (FC Rosengard), Laura Bassett (Notts County), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Notts County), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal)

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

Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Portland Thorns), Ellen White (Notts County).

By FA Staff