Fran Kirby, Bethany England, Millie Bright, Carly Telford and Niamh Charles received a call-up to the Lionesses’ training camp at St George’s Park. There were no international fixtures for the England squad, but they did carry out two 11-versus-11 training games behind closed doors. Phil Neville has a 29-player squad at his disposal and split them into two teams for two games that were 35 minutes each half. The first match resulted in a 3-0 victory to the ‘home’ side. Kirby was a part of this XI and received the Player of the Match award after a assisting two of the goals. England, Bright and Charles were on the losing side in this game and Telford remained on the bench.
They took part in the second training match and while the squads remained the same, Telford played the full duration of the game in goal for the ‘home’ team. This contest ended in a 2-1 win to the away side. Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly put the home team ahead with half an hour gone but second-half goals from City’s Esme Morgan and Everton’s Izzy Christiansen sealed the victory.
The Blues’ FA Cup quarter-final match away to Everton is being streamed live on The 5th Stand app.