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Christiansen misses out in unconventional England Women's World Cup squad announcement

Christiansen misses out in unconventional England Women's World Cup squad announcement

08/05/2019 at 10:11Updated 08/05/2019 at 16:30

Izzy Christiansen has not been named by Phil Neville in England Women's World Cup squad after failing to prove her fitness since breaking her ankle in March.

Christiansen picked up the injury in the SheBelieves Cup match against Japan and had surgery shortly afterwards - but Neville has opted against selecting her, looking to Birmingham midfielder Lucy Staniforth in her place.

The squad was revealed by a host of famous faces on social media over several hours on Wednesday.

Prince William announced defender Steph Houghton's spot in a video message: "It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce that England's defensive rock and captain Steph Houghton will be on the plane to France. Steph - congratulations. I know you and the team will do the nation proud. Good luck!"

Phil Neville believes his own World Cup heartbreak will help as he names his preliminary squad

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Neville will host a news conference at Wembley Stadium later on Wednesday.

Other early announcements included striker Ellen White - revealed by TV host and actor James Corden - and left back Alex Greenwood who was announced by singer Olly Murs, before more names soon followed...

The World Cup will feature 24 teams, and takes place across France from June 7-July 7.

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England's World Cup fixtures

Sunday June 9 England vs Scotland 17.00 BST
Friday June 14 England vs Argentina 20.00 BST
Wednesday June 19 Japan vs England 20.00 BST

England Women's World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Telford, Bardsley, Earps

Defenders: Houghton, Bronze, Stokes, Daly, Greenwood, Bright, McManus, Williamson

Midfielders: Moore, Walsh, Scott, Carney, Stanway, Staniforth

Forwards: Duggan, White, Kirby, Parris, Mead, Taylor

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