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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 August 2007, 08:40 GMT 09:40 UK
Powell reveals women's Cup squad
Hope Powell
Powell has guided England to the World Cup in China
England head coach Hope Powell has named nine Arsenal players in her squad of 21 for next month's Women's World Cup in China.

Everton will have five representatives and Powell has gone for experience with 16 of the players on 20 caps or more.

Striker Kelly Smith said it had been a long wait since England qualified last year to find out who was going.

"It has been almost a year since we drew with France to earn our place. We have had plenty of time to impress."

It will be England's first appearance at the finals since 1995 and only one of the current squad, veteran defender Mary Phillip, took part then.

Smith, one of the nine Arsenal women in the England camp, said all the players were relishing the chance to play at the highest level.

606: DEBATE

"To play in the World Cup is a dream come true for me. It has always been an ambition of mine to play on the biggest stage, when the world is watching, whether male or female.

"So when that first game comes and we walk out, I will be really emotional."

England, ranked 12th by Fifa, begin their campaign with a game against Japan, ranked 10th, on 11 September. Reigning champions Germany and Argentina are also in the group.

Smith said the squad have toughened up emotionally and physically since disappointment at the European Championships in 2005, when they didn't make the knockout stages.

"The squad have developed immensely in the years I have been involved. There has been a new emphasis on fitness and our exercise scientist Dawn Scott gives us all individual training regimes which includes a fair bit of weightlifting."

Smith said the team have also been playing against men's youth teams to raise their game.

"We've played quite a few games against boys academies - Southend and Solihull's U17 sides for instance - and it has been good to test oneself against them.

"It is always faster-flowing - they're stronger and quicker than us so you have to think quicker and really up your game."

The squad fly out to a training camp on 19 August to give them ample time to acclimatise to the hot, humid conditions in China.


Full squad:

Rachel Brown (Everton), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Chelsea), Katie Chapman (Arsenal), Faye White (Arsenal), Mary Phillip (Arsenal), Karen Carney (Arsenal), Fara Williams (Everton), Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Kelly Smith (Arsenal), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal), Anita Asante (Arsenal), Siobhan Chamberlain (Chelsea), Rachel Unitt (Everton), Sue Smith (Leeds United), Jill Scott (Everton), Jody Handley (Everton), Lianne Sanderson (Arsenal), Vicky Exley (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Stephanie Houghton (Leeds United), Carly Telford (Leeds United)

SEE ALSO
Women's World Cup schedule
21 Jun 07 |  Women
Women target Olympic spot
08 Aug 07 |  Women


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