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Women’s Under 23 Japan tour squad announced

Alex Carnegie-Brown has named an 18-player squad for England Women’s Under 23s’ inaugural tour to Japan in June.

Carnegie-Brown has named a strong group including four members (Adams, Hompe, Oakley, Whittle) of the England Senior 2017 Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup medal-winning team and five (Adams, Hillier, Shires, Savage, Thursz) from the 2015 Under 19 World Championships bronze-medal side.

The squad will play a number of games while in Japan against the various national team squads including the Japan senior side.

“I’m very excited to have such a talented squad to take on this inaugural Under 23 trip to Japan,” commented Carnegie-Brown.

“It will be a great opportunity to learn and develop as a group and grow our squad experiences as we look to continue to build on the success of the bronze medal this summer for the senior team.”

In addition to the squad selection, Lucy Lynch and Georgie Hurt have also been appointed as Under 23 Assistant Coaches.

Both Lynch and Hurt have represented England in multiple World Cups and will be looking to pass on their extensive experience to the youngsters.

The newly created Under 23 squads for both men and women aim to bridge the gap of the development of players through the transition from U19 to senior level.

The squad will also provide an opportunity for late developers and talented athletes to experience a performance programme and gain experience in competitive, high-level environments.

England Women’s U23 Squad

Goalkeeper
Emilie Chandler
Lucy Grant

Defence
Emma Adams
Ellie Hillier
Emma Oakley
Freya Savage
Zoe Thursz

Midfield
Laura Beaman
Tilly Foster
Tilly Shires
Philly Stacey
Eliza Watson
Bea Webber

Attack
Ela Hazar
Olivia Hompe
Megan Whittle
Juliette Wise
Chloe Wyner

Reserve
Ella Benson
Katie Jackson
Taya Jackson
Zimeng Wu