Hege Riise announces official Team GB squad

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Hege Riise has officially confirmed her 18-player squad for the Tokyo Olympics. The Team GB side will travel to Japan where they will face the hosts, Canada and Chile in the group stages.

The 18 strong team is accompanied by four standby players who will be ready to step in if needed. With Manchester City players taking up 11 of the spaces, the side will mostly be comprised of players currently playing in the English league.

Goalkeepers

The goalkeeping duo of Ellie Roebuck and Karen Bardsley make up the first two names on the squad list.

With Roebuck’s current outstanding form and Bardsley’s experience, the pair will be hoping for an impressive tally of clean sheets.

Bardsley is currently on loan at NWSL side OL Reign.

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Defenders

Man City and England captain Steph Houghton may have been a doubt due to the centre-back’s recent Achilles injury, but her name has made its way into the squad. The England No.5 is currently Team GB’s top scorer.

Houghton’s City teammates Demi Stokes and Lucy Bronze take up two more of the 18 slots.

Arsenal mainstay Leah Williamson will also be on the plane to Japan. Williamson is arguably one of the stand out players of the WSL this season. Chelsea No.4 Millie Bright and Houston Dash’s Rachel Daly round out the six defenders.

Midfielders

Riise has called up five midfielders, with Manchester City players once again forming a substantial part of the selection.

Chelsea star Sophie Ingle is the only Welsh player in the 18, while Kim Little and Caroline Weir make up the two Scottish internationals.

Weir’s club teammates Keira Walsh and Jill Scott, who is currently on loan at Everton, form the final two midfielders of the five named. With such strong competition in this position, it could be interesting to watch who gets the nod to start.

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Forwards

Riise has rounded out her selection with five attackers.

Fran Kirby will join Chelsea teammates Bright and Ingle on the plane to Japan. Nikita Parris, who plays for Lyon, will join up with the Team GB squad as they feature in the Olympics for only the second time.

Riise’s selection is topped off with a familiar Manchester City trio. Ellen White will provide an experienced threat up front, while duo Lauren Hemp and Georgia Stanway will be able to utilise their partnership to press opponents on the wings.

Chloe Kelly would likely have featured, however her ACL injury has ruled the City No.9 out.

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Standby players

The goalkeeper ready to step in will be Everton’s Sandy MacIver. The Everton shot-stopper has been exceptional in the league and has featured in previous England squads.

Lotte Wuben-Moy and Niamh Charles will fill the second and third reserve slots. Manchester United’s Ella Toone is the final player of the 22 named overall by Riise.

Instant impact

The squad will be hoping to have a bright start to the Games as they take on Chile in the opener. Over the next six days they will then face the hosts before meeting Canada.

With Team GB being eliminated by Canada in the quarter finals in 2012 the squad will be hoping they can push for Olympic glory this summer.