England v Germany international friendly

England v Germany international friendly
Venue: Wembley Date: Saturday, 9 November Kick-off: 7:30 EAT

The Football Association has invited a number of former players as guests of honour and parade around Wembley at half-time.

Karen Carney, Claire Rafferty and Laura Bassett, who will be given a separate pre-match presentation to celebrate their careers.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Carney played 144 times for England she retired this summer after helping England reach the World Cup semi-finals in her fourth tournament.

Former Chelsea team-mate Rafferty made 18 England appearances and was part of the 2015 World Cup squad that won bronze, alongside Carney and Bassett.

Bassett, spent the majority of her career with Birmingham City Ladies as a defender, picked up 61 England caps.

Manchester City striker White will be presented with the Bronze Boot award that she picked up at the World Cup after finishing joint-top scorer with the USA’s Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe.

“I never thought it would be a reality” to play at Wembley England defender Gemma Bonner.

Bonner was called up after Atletico Madrid forward Toni Duggan was forced to withdraw through injury. I’m talking about 90-000 sell-out at Wembley it is set to be a record crowd for a Lionesses’ home game.

“You grow up thinking Wembley is kind of the pinnacle. Especially as a young girl growing up, you never ever thought it would be a reality [to play there]. We have worked so hard for so many years, to actually get the game to this place and for people to pay to come and watch [is amazing]. As a player, you just want to play in the best stadiums, on the best pitches, in front of as many people as possible and I think Wembley epitomises all of that. Just saying that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck – 90,000 people, for women’s football, it’s crazy,” Bonner added.

Bonner believes “people are starting to respect” the women’s game and can “relate on a more personal level. When you watch women’s football, you see players that have never played for the money, have never played for any other motive than that they love the game and they want to be the best that they can be, People are starting to respect that from the outside – in terms of the honesty, the hard work that we’ve put in, the sacrifices, all the decisions that we’ve made in our lives to get to the position and be on the platform that we’re now on. We’re more accessible to the crowd.”

England squad to face Germany:

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Ellie Roebuck, Carly Telford

Defenders: Millie Bright, Rachel Daly, Lucy Bronze, Abbie McManus, Steph Houghton (C), Alex Greenwood, Demi Stokes, Gemma Bonner

Midfielders: Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott, Lucy Staniforth, Keira Walsh, Leah Williamson

Forwards: Beth Mead, Lauren Hemp, Nikita Parris, Jodie Taylor, Ellen White, Beth England, Georgia Stanway

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