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Sunday, 6 October, 2002, 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Powell names squad
England women's coach Hope Powell
Powell is now preparing for a play-off with France

England coach Hope Powell has named a virtually unchanged squad as she prepares for the biggest encounter her team has faced since she took control four years ago.

Victory over France in a two-leg qualifying play-off final will take England into next year's World Cup finals in China.

England host the first leg at Selhurst Park on Thursday, 17 October with the return set for St Etienne on 16 November.


Credit to everyone involved for our results over the last 12 months, but right now I'm only interested in the games ahead
Hope Powell
The only change from the squad she named for last month's play-off semi-final against Iceland is the omission of former captain Tara Proctor.

The Brighton midfielder withdrew from the squad just before the first leg due to the death of her mother.

Powell said: "Tara is still grieving and I felt it was best to leave her out on this occasion.

"When she dropped out of the squad for the games against Iceland it meant we had lost players for practically every possible reason.

"Injury, suspension, retirement, pregnancy and bereavement all cost us players, but credit to the girls who came in and did a fantastic job."

Key players such as Kelly Smith, Katie Chapman and Angela Banks are still unavailable to Powell.

But she will have her inspirational captain Karen Walker back after the Doncaster Belles striker missed the second leg against Iceland through suspension.

Walker, who struck both England goals in the first leg 2-2 draw with Iceland, will partner Charlton Athletic's Amanda Barr.

In Walker's absence the rookie striker hit the goal that gave England a 1-0 second leg victory over the Icelanders to clinch a place in the play-off final.

England will be the underdogs against France, to whom they have lost on each of the last three occasions the teams have met.

France impressively beat Euro 2001 semi-finalists Denmark in their two-leg qualifying semi last month.

But England have lost only one of their last seven competitive outings.

Powell said: "Credit to everyone involved for our results over the last 12 months, but right now I'm only interested in the games ahead."


England squad:

Goalkeepers: Pauline Cope (Charlton Athletic), Leanne Hall (Leeds United), Rachel Brown (University of Pittsburgh).

Defenders: Casey Stoney (Charlton Athletic), Kirsty Pealling (Arsenal), Faye White (Arsenal), Mary Phillip (Fulham), Rachel Unitt (Fulham), Julie Fletcher (Arsenal), Leanne Champ (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Rachel McArthur (Fulham), Karen Burke (Leeds United), Kristy Moore (Fulham), Fara Williams (Charlton Athletic), Vicky Exley (Doncaster Belles), Sammy Britton (Leeds United), Carly Hunt (Doncaster Belles), Rachel Yankey (Fulham), Sue Smith (Leeds United).

Forwards: Karen Walker (Doncaster Belles), Amanda Barr (Charlton Athletic), Una Nwajei (Fulham), Jody Handley (Doncaster Belles).

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