Women's Olympic squad is announced, plus who to follow on Twitter for the best insight into the games
The Great Britain Olympic Women’s football squad has been announced today by the British Olympic Association. The squad of 18 was announced today at Wembley stadium where the gold medal match will be held on the 9th of August.
London 2012 will be the first games that has involved a women’s football team from Great Britain meaning that Team GB will play their first ever Olympic match against New Zealand on July the 25th in Cardiff. They will then take on Cameroon before facing Brazil in the last group game at Wembley at the end of July.
Four of the 18 were involved in Arsenal’s title winning side last year while three more play for FA cup holders Birmingham City. The squad will be led by England Head Coach Hope Powell.
Here is the squad in full (in alphabetical order):
Eniola Aluko, Anita Asante, Karen Bardsley, Sophie Bradley, Rachel Brown, Karen Carney, Ifeoma Dieke, Stephanie Houghton, Kim Little, Claire Rafferty, Alex Scott, Jill Scott, Kelly Smith, Casey Stoney, Fara Williams, Rachel Williams, Ellen White, Rachel Yankey.
Jess Clarke, Emma Higgins, Jane Ross, Dunia Susi.
Lincoln defender Casey Stoney tweeted her delight at being selected for the squad while watching the torch relay: “What a day…watching Meg Harris run the Olympic torch and then find out I made it for Team GB. Feeling very blessed.”
Out of the 18 strong squad, only two players are not English with Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke of Scotland being called up. This his caused some disgruntlement from some fans. Preeti Johal tweeted: “Women’s #teamgb football team has 2 non-english players out of 18. 2 are Scottish. No Irish, no welsh. Team GB? Why not rename it Team Powell?”
Nick Webb also tweeted: “Selection of GB women’s team had to be on merit which is subjective, but it’s a shame no Welsh players will be in Cardiff games.”
Looking for a good insight into the Women’s Team GB football squad? These are the ladies to follow on Twitter:
Casey Stoney - @CaseyStoney
The Lincoln defender and England skipper gives regular tweets and interacts well with fans.
Kelly Smith - @kjs8eng
Smith is arguably England’s star player so is a very good one to follow. Also interacts well with fans and other players. Interestingly, she is also followed on Twitter by a certain Sepp Blatter.
Kim Little - @kimlittle16
If you want a non-english perspective of the games, the Arsenal and Scotland midfielder is the one to follow.