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  • By Paul Lagan

Asante returns to Lionesses as six Chelsea players named in Neville's first England squad

Six Chelsea players are in Phil Neville's first England Women's squad.

As expected new signing Anita Asante gets her recall - she last played for the Lionesses in 2015. She has 70 England caps.

Hannah Blundell is all set for her debut while regulars Fran Kirby, Carly Telford, Millie Bright and Karen Carney prepare for the SheBelieves Cup tournament next month.

The first match will be against France on Thursday, March 1 in Columbus, Ohio, before games against Germany on Sunday, March 4 and the US on March 7 in Harrison, New Jersey and Orlando, Florida respectively.

The tournament will be followed by the World Cup qualifier against Wales in Southampton on April 6.

SheBelieves Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Carly Telford (Chelsea).

Defenders: Anita Asante (Chelsea), Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Gabby George (Everton), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Reading).

Forwards: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Melissa Lawley (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Melbourne City), Ellen White (Birmingham City).

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