Chelsea 5, Arsenal 2 - London is well represented in Lionesses squad for Arnold Clark Cup
By Paul Lagan
Chelsea's Millie Bright, Fran Kirby, Niamh Charles, Lauren James and Jess Cater lead the London contingent in Sarina Wiegman's squad for the upcoming Arnold Clark Cup.
Arsenal' Leah Williamson and Lotte Wubben-Moy are the only two other players from London.
Beth England, now of Spurs following her move from Chelsea has not regained her place.
England have named a 26-player squad to compete for the cup against
Korea Republic, Italy and Belgium this month.
The Lionesses were the inaugural winners of the four-nation competition on home
soil last year before going on to become UEFA Women’s EURO champions in the
With this year’s fixtures to be played on double-header match days in Milton Keynes,
Coventry and Bristol, Sarina Wiegman’s squad will hope for three positive
performances to set them up for the FIFA Women’s World Cup challenge in Australia
beginning in July.
Captain Williamson is back in the squad after injury forced her out of
November’s 4-0 defeat of Japan and 1-1 draw with Norway in Spain, while Jess
Park, who scored on her debut in the first game, is also included again. Beth Mead is
among those to miss out after suffering an injury just before Christmas.
Wiegman said: “The first camp of the year is always important to set the right tone
for what comes next, especially with such a big opportunity in the summer. We are
only looking forward now and we have to stay humble and focused on working hard.
We know the fans will be with us again and we can’t wait to see them at every
“We had a positive experience with the Arnold Clark Cup last time. We had three
tough matches with different challenges in each one, and we were able to learn a lot
from our performances and work on many details which we are aiming to do again.”
Arnold Clark Cup schedule
16 February, Milton Keynes
Italy v Belgium, 4.45pm
England v Korea Republic, 7.45pm
19 February, Coventry
England v Italy, 3.15pm
Belgium v Korea Republic, 6.15pm