Five members of the London 2012 squad are named for the delayed Tokyo Olympics

England v Scotland – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group D – Stade de Nice
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Five members of the Great Britain women’s squad from London 2012 have been selected for this summer’s delayed Olympics in Tokyo.

Karen Bardsley, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott and Ellen White of England will compete in their second Games, as will Scotland’s Kim Little.

The five are included in an 18-strong squad selected by coach Hege Riise and announced by the British Olympic Association on Thursday morning.

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The group contains 15 England players, two from Scotland in Little and Caroline Weir and one from Wales in Sophie Ingle. There are none from Northern Ireland for what will be Britain’s second appearance at an Olympic Games in women’s football.

Manchester City are the club with the most representatives in the squad with 11, including midfielder Scott and goalkeeper Bardsley, who have been on loan at Everton and OL Reign respectively in recent months.

Bardsley gets the nod in the keeping ranks alongside City’s Ellie Roebuck despite her substitute appearance against Canada last month being her first England outing since the 2019 World Cup.

Scotland's Kim Little will also play at the Olympics again

Scotland’s Kim Little will play at the Olympics again (Jonathan Brady/PA)

FIFA player of the year Bronze, Houghton, White, Weir, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Georgia Stanway and Lauren Hemp make up the City contingent.

Midfielder Ingle is joined by Women’s Super League-winning Chelsea team-mates Fran Kirby – the recently-named Football Writers’ Association player of the year – and Millie Bright. Arsenal have two players in the squad in Little and Leah Williamson while Rachel Daly and Nikita Parris will join up from Houston Dash and Lyon respectively.

Riise has also named four reserve players who will travel to Tokyo as back-up in Sandy MacIver, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Niamh Charles and Ella Toone.

Notable omissions include City’s Alex Greenwood, Arsenal duo Jordan Nobbs and Beth Mead and Chelsea’s Beth England. City forward Chloe Kelly, the quartet’s fellow England player, misses out after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury earlier this month.

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Riise, the England interim boss who won Olympic gold as a player with Norway in 2000, said: “I know first hand as a former player just how proud my players will feel today at having been selected to represent Great Britain.

“There is no greater sporting occasion in the world and I am honoured to lead this hugely talented team into the Games.

“We will go there aiming to win and we will give everything we have to achieve success. I hope that Great Britain’s inclusion once more in the Olympic football tournament can inspire the next generation of young girls to play the sport we love.”

The side will be led by England's interim coach Hege Riise

The side will be led by England’s interim coach Hege Riise (Mike Egerton/PA)

Team GB chef de mission Mark England said: “Having an opportunity to field a women’s football team in Tokyo, for only the second time in our Olympic history, is incredibly exciting.

“I am delighted to welcome the players selected today to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Team GB women’s football squad:

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Man City/England), Ellie Roebuck (Man City/England).

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea/England), Lucy Bronze (Man City/England), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash/England), Steph Houghton (Man City/England), Demi Stokes (Man City/England), Leah Williamson (Arsenal/England).

Midfielders: Sophie Ingle (Chelsea/Wales), Kim Little (Arsenal/Scotland), Jill Scott (Man City/England), Keira Walsh (Man City/England), Caroline Weir (Man City/Scotland).

Forwards: Lauren Hemp (Man City/England), Fran Kirby (Chelsea/England), Nikita Parris (Lyon/England), Georgia Stanway (Man City/England), Ellen White (Man City/England).

Reserves: Sandy MacIver (Everton/England), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal/England), Niamh Charles (Chelsea/England), Ella Toone (Man Utd/England).

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