Today, England Head coach Colin Gordon has named his final squad of 8 players who will travel to Florida this summer to compete at the 2017 FIPFA World Cup. 

Over the last 2 years, the England squad have been stepping up their preparations for the World Cup and will be aiming for a strong performance following the EPFA Nations Cup and last World Cup results.  The team will start the competition as 2nd seeds, with hopes and expectations high.

Over the weekend, the squad had their first training camp at Lilleshall National Sports Centre which will be their base over the coming months.  They have five camps scheduled over the next 4 months, before the team depart for Florida on 1st July.  The team will spend 3 days together before heading to the venue for final preparations.  The World Cup kicks off on Wednesday, 5th July, with England’s first game on the 6th July.  They will find out their opponents when the official draw takes place on 23rd February in Chicago.  

Following the weekends training camp, the management have selected their final 8 players.  Congratulations to all the players and meet them below:


Name: Kyle Alexander

Squad Number: 1

Club: Sevenoaks PFC

Previous Caps: 0


Name: Jon Bolding

Squad Number: 2

Club: Aspire PFC

Previous Caps: 7


Name: Edward Common

Squad Number: 3

Club: Northern Thunder PFC

Previous Caps: 7


Name: Matt Francis

Squad Number: 4

Club: Brighton & Hove Albion PFC

Previous Caps: 0


Name: Chris Gordon

Squad Number: 5

Club: West Bromwich Albion PFC

Previous Caps: 7


Name: Marcus Harrison

Squad Number: 6

Club: West Bromwich Albion PFC

Previous Caps: 7


Name: Charlie Kitcher

Squad Number: 7

Club: Aspire PFC

Previous Caps: 7


Name: Sam Smith

Squad Number: 8

Club: Northern Thunder PFC

Previous Caps: 0


 

The England management released the following statement:

"The England squad has now been selected and final preparations are well underway with all eight players fully deserving their place in the squad. All training camps will be taking place at Lilleshall National Sports Centre where the fully accessible facilities enable the team to prepare in the best possible environment. Between now and departing for the USA each and every player must dedicate themselves to their personal development and training to enhance the team's performance as much as possible. The squad is already strong but with further development this strength will only increase. All players are fully aware of the work they need to undertake and it's something they will all be working towards together. Being second seeds in the competition we know that teams will up their game against us so it's vital that we are fully prepared for all circumstances."

The WFA would like to wish all the squad the best of luck and we will all be supporting England.  We hope they perform to their potential and have a successful competition.

To find out more about the 2017 FIPFA World Cup, please visit - http://fipfaworldcup.org/