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Published 29 March 2023 4 min read
Women's U23

England WU23s squad named for Portugal and Belgium trip

Written by:

Greg Demetriou

Mo Marley has named her group for a double away trip in April

England women's under-23s will end their season with a double away trip in April to play both Portugal and Belgium.

Head coach Mo Marley has picked a strong squad of 24 players for the trip to take on two European rivals away from home.

The Young Lionesses will first meet Portugal in Marinha Grande on Thursday 6 April (4pm BST) before heading north to face familiar foes Belgium.

Marley’s squad welcomed the future Red Flames to Tranmere in February, winning 4-1 and will challenge the same opposition again in Genk on Monday 10 April (3pm BST).

England, who are unbeaten in 2023 after also earning a goalless draw with Spain in February, previously met Belgium at U23 level in October 2021 away in Tubize, earning a 2-1 victory.

The squad

Goalkeepers: Fran Bentley (Bristol City), Kayla Rendell (Southampton), Lucy Thomas (Birmingham City)

Defenders: Asmita Ale (Tottenham Hotspur), Grace Ayre (Durham)**, Georgia Eaton-Collins (Leicester City), Jorja Fox (Brighton and Hove Albion, on loan from Chelsea), Ella Morris (Southampton), Anna Patten (Aston Villa, on loan from Arsenal), Poppy Pattinson (Brighton and Hove Albion), , Kiera Skeels (Charlton Athletic), Charlotte Wardlaw (Lewes, on loan from Chelsea) 

Midfielders: Laura Blindkilde Brown (Aston Villa), Grace Clinton (Bristol City, on loan from Manchester United), Mel Filis (West Ham United), Ruby Grant (BK Häcken), Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool), Ruby Mace (Leicester City, on loan from Manchester City)

Forwards: Angela Addison (Charlton Athletic), Aggie Beever-Jones (Everton, on loan from Chelsea), Anouk Denton (West Ham United)*, Freya Gregory (Aston Villa), Missy Goodwin (Leicester City), Molly Pike (Leicester City)

* Replaces Emma Harries (Reading), 
** Replaces Mia Ross (Charlton Athletic)