Hartlepool’s Jordan Nobbs in England’s final squad for Sweden match at Hartlepool Utd’s Victoria Park

Jordan Nobbs
Jordan Nobbs

HARTLEPOOL’S Jordan Noobs has been named in the final 23-strong squad for England Women’s international match at Victoria Park against Sweden.

England will host the Scandinavians at Hartlepool United’s Victoria Park stadium on Sunday 3 August (2.00pm KO).

The squad includes five players who hail from the North-East – alongside Jordan – daugther of Pools legend Keith Nobbs – is captain Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes and Jill Scott.

If Fara Williams plays she will become England’s most-capped player of all time, on 130 caps, ahead of Rachel Yankey.

She equalled Yankey’s record in a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in June.

Meanwhile, Washington Spirit’s Jodie Taylor gets her first full call-up to the senior squad.

Kelly Smith and Casey Stoney have been rested for this match and Sophie Bradley is out through injury.

The match takes place ahead of England’s key World Cup qualifier against Wales on 21 August at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Lionesses need just a point to qualify for the finals which take place in Canada next summer.

England coach Mark Sampson said: “It will be great to get the group together again for a really exciting challenge against a good Swedish team.

“Fara is a special player as well as a fantastic ambassador for the game.

“To overtake the record will be an incredible achievement for her and I’m sure one that she will build on.

“I spoke with Kelly and Casey, we decided to leave them out of this squad to allow them some extra recovery time.

“I am very hopeful they will be back fresh and fully fit for the Wales match.

“We are also looking forward to inviting Jodie into the group who has been playing very well and deserves her opportunity.”

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)

Defenders

Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Alex Scott (Arsenal), Demi Stokes (University of South Florida)

Midfielders

Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Birmingham), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal)

Forwards

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