Hartlepool’s Nobbs and local players in squad for England Women game at Hartlepool Utd’s Victoria Park

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Hartlepool’s Jordan Nobbs and other local players have been named in England Women’s squad for their game at Hartlepool Utd’s Victori Park next month.

Hartlepool-born Nobbs, who players for Arsenal, returns to the squad following injury along with Chelsea’s Claire Rafferty.

Nobbs came on as a substitute on Sunday in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Chelsea in the FA WSL Continental Cup.

Rafferty has been back in domestic action since May, following an ACL injury.

Birmingham City’s Jo Potter is included for the first time since May 2007 and Arsenal’s Danielle Carter gets a call-up after joining the senior squad for a training camp in La Manga in January.

England take on Sweden on Sunday 3 August at Victoria Park stadium (2pm KO).

The international comes ahead of England’s crucial FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifier against Wales on 21 August.

England travel to Wales needing just one point to secure qualification for the tournament, which takes place in Canada next summer.

Sweden are currently ranked fifth in the FIFA rankings and Sampson believes the match is good preparation for the upcoming qualifier.

He said: “It’s great to have Jordan and Claire back in the squad after their injuries.

“Jordan had a fantastic Cyprus Cup and brings a real energy to the group, on the pitch you can see her enthusiasm for the game bursting through which is a real help to the team.

“Claire deserves huge credit for her recovery and is now back enjoying her football and playing well for Chelsea.

“We are looking forward to the Sweden match, it’s the next game on the journey so the challenge is to be better than we were last time out – and this time against really world class opposition.

“We will be playing in front of our own supporters which is something we love, so the whole group is really going to give everything to put on a positive performance for them and try our best to get the win”.

Tickets for the match are on sale now priced £5 for adults and £2.50 for children.

A family ticket (two adults and two children) is available at £10 and group booking discounts apply.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 01429 272 584 (option 2), via TheFA.com’s ticketing page or at the Hartlepool United ticket office.

FULL SQUAD

Goalkeepers

Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Arsenal), Rachel Brown-Finnis (Everton), Carly Telford (Notts County)

Defenders

Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Sophie Bradley (Notts County), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Casey Stoney (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea)

Midfielders

Anita Asante (LdB Malmo), Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal)

Forwards

Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Dunia Susi (Notts County), Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Gemma Davison (Liverpool), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Kelly Smith (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit), Danielle Carter (Arsenal)