Daly and Parris in Lionesses squad for Serbia qualifiers

Wednesday 25 May 2016
England are unbeaten in UEFA Euro 2017 qualifying
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Rachel Daly and Nikita Parris have been handed call-ups for England Women’s Euro qualifying double-header against Serbia next month.

It is the second call-up for both Daly, 24, and Parris, 22. Houston Dash forward Daly was part of the England squad that travelled to La Manga in January 2014 while Manchester City’s Parris featured in head coach Mark Sampson’s last squad.

Sampson has made five changes in total to the squad that faced Belgium and Bosnia & Herzegovina in April, with Birmingham City’s Jade Moore, Arsenal forward Jodie Taylor and recently-named PFA Women’s Player of the Year Isobel Christiansen all returning after injuries.

England v Serbia

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017
Group 7 qualifier
5.30pm, Saturday 4 June 2016
Adams Park, Wycombe Wanderers FC
Live on BBC Two
Tickets priced £7.50 adults, £3.50 children
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England will first face Serbia at Wycombe Wanderers’ Adams Park on Saturday 4 June (5.30pm BST KO), before travelling to Stara Pazova for the away tie, which takes place on Tuesday 7 June (4pm BST KO).

The Lionesses are currently unbeaten after four games in their qualifying campaign, second in Group 7 to Belgium but with a game in hand.

Sampson said: “We have selected a squad that I believe can get us the six points we want against Serbia.

“Serbia will be coming here full of confidence after getting a hard-earned draw in Belgium, so we will need to produce a good performance to get the win.

“It’s great to welcome back Jade, Izzy and Jodie who have been fantastic for England every time they have been called up and they will have a big, positive impact on the group.

“Rachel has been playing very well in the NWSL with Houston Dash and really fits the profile of a Lioness so I am delighted to welcome her into the group.

Rachel Daly

Rachel Daly has appeared for England at youth level

“Our focus is to be a together group and work hard to improve in every area.  Each opportunity that we get to spend time together only helps us to grow and develop as a team.

“We are excited to play in Wycombe. It’s a fantastic stadium and I know we will have many Lionesses fans who will be there to support the team.”

Tickets for the home match, which is also live on BBC Two, are on sale now priced £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children.  A family ticket priced £15 (two adults and two children) is available and group booking discounts apply.

Tickets can be bought via TheFA.com/Tickets or by calling 01494 441 118.

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

Defenders: Laura Bassett (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Gilly Flaherty (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jade Moore (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Arsenal).

Forwards: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Gemma Davison (Chelsea), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Arsenal), Ellen White (Notts County).

By FA Staff