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Coach stays in charge

NEW CHALLENGE AHEAD: Hope Powell

HOPE POWELL has decided not to resign as head coach of the England women’s team after naming a 22-player squad for the Euro 2013 qualifiers against Serbia and Slovenia. Powell had hinted she might end her 13-year reign after her team crashed out in the World Cup quarter-finals.

England will take on Serbia in Belgrade on September 17 before returning home to host Slovenia at Swindon Town's County Ground five days later, and Powell believes she has picked the right squad to get their Euro qualifying campaign off to a positive start.

“Every coach would always like more depth, be it at club or international level, but I’m really pleased that we’ve got a good blend in the squad and have had for a while now," she said.

“There are a few players in this squad who weren't at the World Cup and they’ve all done well recently and all deserve their call-up. These next two matches will give us an opportunity to have another look at them in an England environment.

“It’s a new campaign but we have to build on our previous experiences, both at the World Cup and in the victories over USA and Sweden. No coach would ever neglect what has gone before. You have to build on what went well and improve on what didn’t go so well.

"We’ve got some information on both Serbia and Slovenia that we can work with and I think our previous experiences will help us in that double-header. Hopefully we can start off on the right foot."

Squad in full

Goalkeepers
Karen Bardsley (Sky Blue), Rachel Brown (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy)

Defenders
Sophie Bradley (Lincoln), Alex Scott (Boston Breakers), Casey Stoney (Lincoln), Dunia Susi (Birmingham City), Rachel Unitt (Everton), Fern Whelan (Everton), Faye White (Arsenal)

Midfielders
Laura Bassett (Birmingham City), Dani Buet (Chelsea), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jess Clarke (Lincoln), Stephanie Houghton (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Everton), Fara Williams (Everton), Rachel Williams (Birmingham City), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal)

Forwards
Eniola Aluko (Sky Blue), Natasha Dowie (Everton), Ellen White (Arsenal)

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