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Women's Football Phil Neville still keeping his options open ahead of World Cup squad

JILL SCOTT and Millie Bright will both return to the England squad for next month’s pre-World Cup double-header against Canada and Spain, as head coach Phil Neville reiterated that the door is still open for players hoping to make the final squad.

Scott and Bright missed out on the victorious SheBelieves Cup campaign in the United States as Neville was keen to manage their injuries ahead of the all-important summer in France.

Jade Moore and goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck are also added to the 25-player squad to face the Canadians in Manchester on April 5 and Spain in Swindon four days later.

“As ever, picking the squad was really tough due to the strength and depth of talent in our ranks,” admitted Neville.

“We have four matches before flying out to France and I want to emphasise that the door is not shut to any player with ambitions of making the World Cup squad.

“We’re expecting two tough matches but we need to be tested as we step up our preparations for the summer.

“Winning the SheBelieves Cup was fantastic but we’re now looking to improve and push on further.”

The first game in Manchester is already sold out, while tickets are still available for the game in Swindon, and Neville admits his side are ready to run out on home turf again.

“We’re looking forward to playing in front of our fans in different parts of the country once again,” he added.

“Our support is brilliant. The fans have backed us and hopefully we can put on a good show.”

Both Canada and Spain are also preparing for the World Cup in France, with the fifth-ranked Canadians likely to pose a tough test.

England’s pre-World Cup preparations will continue in May when they host Denmark in Walsall, then New Zealand in Brighton on June 1.


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