England Women's boss Mark Sampson to announce Euro 2017 squad on Monday


Last Updated: 28/03/17 4:22pm

Mark Sampson says early squad announcement will improve focus ahead of Euros

Mark Sampson will name his England squad for UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 on Monday almost four months before the start of the tournament.

The England head coach will unveil his 23-strong party for this summer's tournament in the Netherlands at St George's Park, where he will also announce his squad for next month's friendlies against Italy (April 7) and Austria (April 10).

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Sampson said: "Naming the squad early is something we've thought about for a while and it's something that we think will bring huge benefits to our group as we go into such an important tournament.

"We've worked with our player pool for three years now and are clear on the right players we want on and off the pitch if we want to be successful this summer.

"This gives the squad and staff the chance to be focused solely on the Euros and takes away any of the uncertainty that players might have in the run-up.

"As a coaching staff it also allows us to focus on working with the 23 players as early as possible and develop our game plans.

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"At the World Cup we prided ourselves on being one of the most united and together teams and we put a big part of our success down to that, so we'll be able to build on this even further over the next three months."

FA technical director Dan Ashworth added: "After finishing third at the World Cup in Canada two years ago, we are all looking forward to seeing how the England squad compete at the European Championship this summer.

"Mark's decision to name the squad early will give us the chance to prepare properly and focus on doing as well as possible come July. I know the players and coaching staff will do everything they can over the coming months to make sure they do themselves justice in what will be a really competitive finals.

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"Overall, this is a really exciting time for the women's game in England as we seek to double participation and grow our fanbase. Having our senior squad play in a tournament like this against the best teams in Europe can only help to inspire the next generation of girls hoping to follow in their footsteps."

England will begin their Euros campaign against Scotland in Utrecht on July 19 before facing Spain in Breda on July 23 and Portugal in Tilburg on July 27.

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