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Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 16:15 GMT
Powell follows Eriksson's example
Kelly Smith of Philadelphia Charge
Striker Kelly Smith returns to the England squad
By BBC Sport Online's Tony Leighton

England women's team coach Hope Powell is taking the Sven-Goran Eriksson approach to team selection as she heads into a must-win Women's World Cup qualifier against Portugal.

Just as Eriksson tends to draw heavily on the resources of Manchester United and Liverpool, so Powell has turned to the triumvirate of Arsenal, Doncaster Belles and Fulham for the core of her squad for 24 February vital tie at Portsmouth.


They could well come looking for a draw and I reckon that will suit us
Tara Proctor,
England captain
The three biggest clubs in the English women's game will provide five players each for a 25-woman squad which is charged with the task of beating the Portuguese in order to maintain a realistic hope of qualifying for the 2003 finals.

Fulham colleagues Mary Phillip and Rachel McArthur are the least familiar faces in an England squad which shows only a couple of changes from the qualifying group draw in Portugal last November.

Midfielder McArthur made her debut as substitute in what was a recognised international, but was effectively a behind-closed-doors friendly against Sweden (who won 5-0) at the end of last month's training camp in La Manga.

Phillip won six caps while with Millwall Lionesses in the mid-1990s, but the 24-year-old central defender has not figured in the side for the last four years.

The Fulham pair replace Doncaster Belles team-mates Becky Easton and Gemma Hunt, though the Belles are still a major supplier of players to the squad.

America-based striker Kelly Smith makes a welcome return to the side after being soreley missed when unavailable for the trip to Portugal - a game which England were expected to win but could produce only a 1-1 stalemate.

England coach Hope Powell
Hope Powell is looking to England's biggest clubs
Captain Tara Proctor, who admits to her own shortcomings in that November fixture, reckons the return of striker Smith could tip the scales in England's favour.

The skipper, who has just moved from Charlton Athletic to Brighton, said: "If Kelly had been playing that day in Portugal it would have been a different story.

"We missed her ability to twist and turn opponents and to break through defences. We just never got going over there and I was really upset with the way I played myself - I had a real off day.

"With Kelly back we'll have more attacking options and the Portuguese might play into our hands. They could well come looking for a draw to keep themselves a couple of points ahead of us, and I reckon that will suit us."

Victory at Portsmouth, then again in Holland a month later, should be enough to earn England a play-off chance to qualify for next year's finals in China.


England squad: Pauline Cope (Charlton Athletic), Rachel Brown, (University of Pittsburgh), Leanne Hall (Doncaster Belles), Layla Young (Brighton), Kirsty Pealling (Arsenal), Faye White (Arsenal), Mary Phillip (Fulham), Rachel Unitt (Fulham), Julie Fletcher (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Katie Chapman (Fulham), Samantha Britton (Leeds United), Karen Burke (Doncaster Belles), Tara Proctor (Brighton), Rachel McArthur (Fulham), Vicky Exley (Doncaster Belles), Carly Hunt (Doncaster Belles), Fara Williams (Charlton Athletic), Sue Smith (Tranmere Rovers), Kelly Smith (Philadelphia Charge), Rachel Yankey (Fulham), Aran Embleton (Sunderland), Karen Walker (Doncaster Belles), Angela Banks (Arsenal), Amanda Bar

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