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    Nobbs misses out on Euros spot with Houghton, Kelly and Kirby making provisional England squad

    ARSENAL’S Jordan Nobbs will miss the Women’s Euros after sustaining a knee ligament injury towards the end of this season.Steph Houghton is among the notable figures making a Lionesses return with Fran Kirby and Chloe Kelly also named in a provisional squad.
    Steph Houghton has been named in Sarina Wiegman’s provisional England squad ahead of the EurosCredit: PA
    Arsenal’s Jordan Nobbs will miss out on the Euros after damaging her knee ligaments during a WSL game against Aston VillaCredit: Reuters
    Houghton, 34, has been out of action for Manchester City for much of this term due to an Achilles problem.
    The veteran Citizens centre-back has been included in head coach Sarina Wiegman’s 28-strong list.
    A final 23-player squad is due to be confirmed by Wiegman in mid-June.
    The provisional squad, to be captained by Leah Williamson, has been announced 50 days ahead of the European Championships.
    The tournament will commence with England’s clash with Austria at Old Trafford on July 6.
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    England boss Wiegman, 53, said: “The Euros are getting closer, and this is a big step towards the tournament. 
    “We also look forward to welcoming those who have been working individually and with their clubs on their fitness in the past few weeks.
    We are hoping to have them back on the pitch when the series of pre camps start, so we can see where they are at.”
    “We have a settled squad and I know we have players in our team that will give everything to make it a summer to remember. 
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    “It is important the players have the chance to get some rest now after a very busy season before we get back to our work.”
    Chloe Kelly’s return to the Lionesses squad comes a month after the winger made her first start for Man City following her recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
    Sandy MacIver, Lucy Staniforth and Jill Scott have also been included with City veteran Scott working her way back to fitness.
    England are set to play in three pre-Euros warm-up games next month starting with a match against Belgium on Molineux on June 13.
    This will be followed by a duel with European champs the Netherlands at Elland Road on June 24 and then a clash with Switzerland in Zurich the following week.
    Fran Kirby is among the figures included in the Lionesses’ provisional squadCredit: Getty
    England, who enjoyed pre-Euros warm-up success with their Arnold Clark Cup triumph in March, are currently unbeaten under Wiegman.
    The Lionesses chief led the Netherlands to Euros victory on Dutch soil back in 2017.
    The tournament’s final game saw Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema netting a brace in a 4-2 win against Denmark.
    England Women Provisional Squad
    Goalkeepers
    Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa,
    Sandy MacIver (Everton), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City).
    Defenders
    Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).
    Midfielders
    Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jill Scott (Aston Villa – on loan from Manchester City), Lucy Staniforth (Manchester United), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Katie Zelem (Manchester United).
    Strikers
    Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United), Ellen White (Manchester City). More

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    Weir reportedly close to Real Madrid move and Stanway confirms Bayern switch

    CAROLINE WEIR is thought to be close to a Manchester City exit with Real Madrid reported as the Scotland star’s next destination. Telegraph Sport says the Spanish outfit are optimistic about signing the WSL star with her City deal set to run out this summer.
    Caroline Weir could be set to be the second big Manchester City star to leave the WSL side this summerCredit: Getty
    This comes hours after Georgia Stanway confirmed her departure from the Citizens agreeing to a three-year deal with Bayern Munich.
    The news has come as a blow to some City fans on social media with speculation also surrounding the future of full-back Lucy Bronze.
    Weir has been a standout performer in some of Man City’s biggest games in recent seasons.
    The Scotland forward wowed fans and pundits with some audacious wonder goals most notably in duels against neighbours Man United.
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    Efforts include a classy 81st-minute chip from distance that paved the way for a 1-0 City home win against United in February.
    A victory that would help the club in their quest to finish third and qualify for a Champions League spot.
    And Weir’s knack for netting wonder goals saw her nominated for Fifa’s 2021 Puskas Award for the second year in succession last November.
    Weir, who sealed a 2018 transfer to the Citizens from Liverpool, has made 73 top-flight appearances for the side.
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    The forward, who is the inaugural winner of the SFWA Scottish Women’s Player of the Year award, netted six goals in 19 WSL appearances this term.
    Speculation concerning a Weir Madrid move comes on a day in which Stanway bid farewell to City and its fans after her seven-year spell.
    In a message shared via her Twitter page, the forward wrote: “I joined Manchester City with a dream of becoming a professional footballer.
    “I have been grateful to call it my home for the past seven years.
    “Today I leave as the club’s leading top scorer, with over 150 appearances and seven domestic trophies.
    “A huge thank you to all the staff and team-mates that have supported me on my journey.
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    “And to the fans who have given me unconditional support throughout.
    Bayern, who finished second in the Frauen Bundesliga, behind champions Wolfsburg confirmed Stanway’s switch on their website.
    Of her move, Stanway said: “Honestly, I’m so excited! It just feels right. 
    “It feels great to now be able to share the news and my excitement with the world. 
    Georgia Stanway confirmed her move from Man City to Bayern Munich today
    “I can’t wait to get started and play for such a well-known club.
    “It just felt right from the very first conversation. 
    “I was absolutely convinced and my instinct told me that I belonged here. FC Bayern has very big ambitions and I really admire that.” More

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    Man City ace Georgia Stanway ‘agrees terms with German giants Bayern Munich over a summer transfer’

    GEORGIA STANWAY is thought to have reached an agreement on terms over a move to Bayern Munich.The Lionesses ace is expected to have her move confirmed this week according to Sky Sports.
    Stanway looks set for a summer move to Bayern Munich according to reportsCredit: Getty
    Stanway’s current deal with Manchester City, who finished third in the WSL this term, is due to expire at the end of May.
    And Sky Sports say the forward, 23, is due to link up with the German side after the European Championships which take place this July.
    The player has bagged eight goals in 31 senior international appearances for England.
    She helped her national team-mates win the Arnold Clark Cup round-robin tournament in March.
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    Stanway, who began her career as a Blackburn Rovers youth player, has been among the most best performers for the Citizens this term.
    The Cumbria-born player become the WSL side’s record scorer in January this year.
    She achieved the feat after bagging a hat-trick during an 8-0 demolition of Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup.
    And the player’s efforts saw her take her goal tally to 64 in 171 appearances, surpassing the record set by Nikita Parris.
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    The forward, who was part of the City side beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup final, helped her team to a Continental Tyres trophy win against the Blues this season.
    In March 2019 Stanway signed a deal to remain with the Citizens until this summer.
    The WSL ace netted in the club’s FA Cup final triumph against West Ham in May that year.
    The forward also helped the club win the trophy in 2020 scoring an extra-time goal in their 3-1 defeat of Everton. More

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    Canada ace Leon linked with Madrid and Barcelona with LaLiga Women’s giants rumoured to be considering swoops

    ADRIANA LEON has emerged as a summer transfer target for two of Spain’s biggest clubs. The Canada winger, whose West Ham contract is up, is thought to have attracted interest from Real Madrid as well as Champions League finalists Barcelona.
    Adriana Leon is thought to be attracting interest from clubs in Spain and England.Credit: Getty
    The player is said to be in talks with both LaLiga Women’s sides according to information shared by sources with SunSport.
    It is also thought an English club is monitoring the WSL winger’s situation.
    It is claimed the talks with Real Madrid and Barca commenced following the expiration of her deal with West Ham.
    And it is thought the Hammers have allegedly offered the versatile forward a new deal claimed to be two years long.
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    Leon has made 43 WSL appearances for the Irons since her January 2019 move to the club from US National Women’s Soccer League side Seattle Reign.
    The Canada player made her senior international debut in 2013 netting the only goal in a friendly match win against China.
    She helped her national win their first-ever Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Games where she scored in a 1-1 group stage draw with Team GB.
    And the player finished the second-highest scorer behind USA star Alex Morgan in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
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    This season Leon battled her way to fitness this term following surgery on a foot fracture last November.
    The player picked up the injury at the SheBelieves Cup in February 2021.
    But she returned to action for Canada last summer.
    And the winger enjoyed a good start to the term for West Ham netting in their second game of the season two months before her operation. 
    Leon made her 50th appearance in a Hammers vest during their 1-0 defeat of Reading in the fifth round of the Women’s FA Cup in February.
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    And she helped her team to sixth place in the league this season, their highest ever finish in the WSL.
    News of Madrid’s and Barca’s interest in Leon comes over a week on from the Irons announcing the departures of skipper Gilly Flaherty and team boss Olli Harder.
    Paul Konchesky, who worked as assistant manager last season, has been appointed as the new boss of the Hammers’ WSL side.
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    Chelsea chief hails Blues ‘gutsy and aggressive’ FA Cup defeat of Manchester City

    EMMA HAYES quashed any ideas of leaving Chelsea after claiming her 11th major trophy at the helm with their FA Cup defeat of Manchester City. The jubilant Kingsmeadow boss paid tribute to her players after stating she was f**king happy with her team’s 3-2 victory.
    Emma Hayes and goalscorer Cuthbert helped Chelsea to their fourth FA Cup winCredit: �MI News & Sport Ltd
    An extra-time goal from Sam Kerr led to a 3-2 Blues defeat of Manchester CityCredit: Getty
    An Erin Cuthbert boomer and a brace from Sam Kerr saw Chelsea bring joy to Blues fans after their Prem side suffered FA Cup heartbreak against Liverpool on Saturday.
    And the team claimed their fourth trophy in the competition under Hayes in dramatic fashion in front of a contest record crowd of 49,084.
    A stunning extra-time solo effort from Kerr sealed the victory for her side.
    Hayes said: “That was so amazing for the women’s game, two teams that respect the crap out of each other going toe-to-toe…we were so gutsy.
    “I loved the game plan I thought it was really aggressive, but we had to grind, we had to work.
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    “I will look back in 10 years’ time and will be like ‘that group was immense’.
    “They are the best team I have ever coached. We have a group of people that won’t be on the losing team. They will find a way.”
    The Kingsmeadow chief paid tribute to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia and club chairman Bruce Buck.
    The duo reportedly expected to remain in their roles under prospective new owner Todd Boehly.
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    And she dismissed any notion of calling it day with the club having led them to double silverware triumph.
    Hayes added: “Everyone knows I have a contract at Chelsea so what is the speculation about?
    “Is there a job you guys are telling me I am going for that I know nothing about?
    “As far I am concerned, I don’t have to kill any speculation, I am under contract and there is nothing to talk about.”
    Ji So-Yun made her final Chelsea appearance ahead of her departure from the clubCredit: PA
    Hayes saluted outgoing players Ji So-Yun, Drew Spence and Jonna Andersson.
    The trio all played their last games in Chelsea shirts sealing their exits with a trophy double.
    The Blues chief said: “I’m so gutted to lose three brilliant people.
    “I’ve coached Drew since she was 19/20 years of age. I watched her grow up and I’m so proud of her and Jonna.
    “I said the same thing to all three of them at the end of the game, ‘this is your legacy’.
    Chelsea took the lead with Kerr heading them in front off the back of Millie Bright’s curled free-kick in the 33rd minute.
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    Man City levelled with Hemp walloping past Ann-Katrin Berger before Cuthbert’s second-half thumper restored Chelsea’s lead.
    But a late equaliser from Hayley Raso took the match into extra time before Kerr bagged the winner jetting down the wing before firing home a 99th-minute winner.
    Despite the loss, Gareth Taylor said he was proud of his team’s endeavours.
    The City boss said: “My feeling isn’t really one of disappointment. Of course, we have lifted the trophy before and wanted to do it again 
    Gareth Taylor is proud of his team’s recent performances the ‘disappointment’ of their FA Cup loss to ChelseaCredit: �MI News & Sport Ltd
    “But my feeling is pride in the way the team has played at times.
    “There are areas we have to improve on and there were mistakes made – the only thing of disappointment is that if you give Chelsea three goals you will have to do a lot to win the game.
    “We know we have areas to improve but we have a lot of good young talent coming through at the club so the future is bright.” More

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    Hemp confident of ‘underdogs’ City’s chances of finishing season on a high in FA Cup clash with Chelsea

    LAUREN HEMP says her Manchester City side will relish their underdog status against Chelsea.City’s 20-goal leading scorer is confident they can shock the newly crowned WSL champs at Wembley and secure a cup double.
    Lauren Hemp and her team-mates are targeting a cup double triumph over ChelseaCredit: Getty
    The Citizens beat the Blues 3-1 to win the Continental Cup in March and winger Hemp, 21, is confident.
    She said: “We’ve got the utmost respect for Chelsea and they deserve credit for winning the title.
    “But we won’t fear them and there’s no way we will be daunted.
    “They’ll probably be favourites but we’re relishing our status as underdogs as it will spur us on.
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    “We’re coming up against the best side around but we know we’ve got what it takes to win.
    “We’ve got world-class players and we’re in really good form so we’re in a confident mood.”
    Hemp helped City end the WSL campaign in style by opening the scoring in a 4-0 win at Reading which has secured a Champions League spot.
    She said: “I’m proud we’ve bounced back strongly after what was a really tough start to the season.
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    “Injuries took a toll and we struggled to get going at the start of the campaign but we’re determined to end on a high.
    “We’ve started dominating games, scoring lots of goals and keeping clean sheets so there’s a real feel-good factor across the squad.”
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    “I count myself fortunate to have come on as a sub in the final in 2019 when we beat West Ham 3-0.
    “That was one of the highlights of my career and it’d be great to write another chapter in our club’s history.
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    She added: “The manager gives me freedom to express myself.
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    Chelsea given Kirby fitness boost as Hayes confirms meeting with US billionaire Boehly before FA Cup clash

    EMMA HAYES has been given a massive fitness boost with Fran Kirby available for inclusion in her FA Cup final squad on Sunday.And the Chelsea boss revealed she met incoming Blues owner Todd Boehly for lunch.
    Fran Kirby is available for Chelsea ahead of their FA Cup final game against Manchester CityCredit: Reuters
    US businessman Todd Boehly visited Emma Hayes at the Blues training groundCredit: PA
    Kirby, 28, who was last month ruled out of action for the foreseeable future, made a return to training for Chelsea this week.
    It is thought the forward could be available to play in the Women’s FA Cup duel between the Blues and Manchester City.
    Hayes, 44, said: “I don’t want to put any pressure on her because I love that kid and she’s been through a lot.
    “But she looked like she hadn’t even been away.
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    “Fran looked that good in training and it was nice to see the smile on her face.
    “She’s participated in everything when, at the beginning of the week, we just said let’s see how it goes. Let’s do one bit of one session, day one.
    “And she came out of that and she was like, ‘it’s not enough’.
    “Then we did day two and I said, ‘Well, let’s use you as a neutral, you play half blocks of a game’.
    “She said, ‘I’m fine’. She’s been in training all week. I’m over the moon, to be honest.”
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    Chelsea and City could be set to play in front of the biggest crowd to ever attend a Women’s FA Cup final.
    More than 50,000 tickets have reportedly been sold ahead of the Wembley event.
    But with 60,000 fans at the FA Cup Youth final to watch Man United Under-18s defeat Nottingham Forest, Hayes believes a full house should be the target for the contest.
    The Kingsmeadow gaffer added: “We should fill it. That for me is always the ultimate goal.
    “But I remember sitting here in 2015 and driving that message.
    “And what I have understood over the years is you grow the game incrementally.
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    “To go from 35,000 to 40,000, to 50,000, to 60,000, you just want to solidify that.”
    Chelsea’s duel with Gareth Taylor’s side comes two days after Hayes met with Boehly following the announcement of his plans to buy the Blues.
    The American billionaire has signed an agreement to purchase the club for £4.25billion in conjunction with a consortium.
    Hayes said: “He watched the girls train and I had a really lovely couple of hours with him.
    “He’s just a normal down to earth guy who is passionate about Chelsea. He’s ambitious as we are and it is a perfect fit.”
    Gareth Taylor’s players netted 17 goals in their final three WSL games this seasonCredit: Getty
    Sunday’s game will Man City attempt to seal a cup double triumph over their WSL rivals having beaten them in this Continental Tyres trophy final
    Taylor, 49, said: “There’s a really healthy respect between both clubs, between the players and between myself and Emma.
    “It doesn’t change things of course. We want to be the team that is beating them and we have another opportunity on Sunday.”
    Chelsea vs Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup final can be watched live on BBC1 from 2:30 pm on Sunday 15 May. More

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    We respect Manchester City but we’re even more pumped than we were last Sunday, says Chelsea ace, Kerr

    GO big or go home is a mantra Sam Kerr admits she lives her life by.And the Chelsea goal machine is targeting one more huge performance in the Blues’ battle with Manchester City for the FA Cup.
    Sam Kerr and her team-mates are targeting a second trophy win in the space of seven days after retaining the WSL titleCredit: Getty
    The contest final on Sunday afternoon comes seven days after a dramatic end-of-season duel between Chelsea and Man United.
    One in which a raucous Kingsmeadow crowd watched Kerr volley in two spectacular efforts that helped deliver her club’s fifth WSL crown.
    Goals that Stamford Bridge hero Didier Drogba hailed as more “difficult than” his own audacious strike against Everton in 2006.

    Efforts Blues’ supporters will be eager to see replicated at Wembley with Emma Hayes aces targeting a second FA Cup win in five months.
    Kerr, 28, said: “I do that stuff in training all the time.
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    “I’m a risk-taker. Sometimes the girls (in the team) get annoyed at me and sometimes it looks good, but it’s just who I am.
    “I feel like I am who I am on the field and off the field. I’m the same person.
    “I’m very stubborn. So, there was no doubt in my mind that I was just hitting that ball once it came off my chest
    “And that’s what I mean when I say I’m a risk-taker.
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     “I probably do things that sometimes get me in trouble or make me look bad. But I live on the edge, my whole life is lived on the edge.”
    Before Chelsea’s first Champions League final appearance last year, Kerr, who has netted 42 times in 46 Blues appearances, reflected on the team being seen as ‘mentality monsters’.
    That strength of mind will be needed against Gareth Taylor’s high-scoring Citizens who have bagged 17 goals in their past three games.
    The Manchester giants have triumphed in three of the last five FA Cup finals with the Blues victorious in 2018 and 2021.
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    Kerr added: “We respect City a lot but we’re even more pumped than we were (last Sunday).
    “We have, probably for me, the best mentality in the league.
    “We were chasing (the title) this year and then once we got ahead no one was going to get it off us.
    “We went down to 10 players in that game against Tottenham.
    “But in our changing room, it was just calmness, no one was stressed. I’ve never been a part of a team like this.
    “We’ve got lots of confidence, but we want to win a trophy, whenever there’s a trophy on the line.
    Manchester City are targeting a trophy double triumph after defeating Chelsea in this term’s Conti Cup finalCredit: Getty
    “To win two trophies in two weekends would be amazing.”
    The WSL champs have been boosted by Fran Kirby’s return to training a month on from the forward being ruled out of action.
    The England ace, who formed a dangerous attacking partnership with Kerr, netted three times in Chelsea’s Conti and FA Cup triumphs last year.
    Kerr said: “We’ve missed so many big players that we really haven’t had time to think about it or get stuck on it.
    “We’ve had lots of ups and downs. We have had to just roll with the punches this year.”
    A win for Chelsea at Wembley would see them claim their fourth FA Cup trophy in seven yearsCredit: Getty
    So far up to 50,000 tickets have been sold for this year’s FA Cup final to be aired live on
    The 50,000-plus expected crowd at Wembley will include Kerr’s mother, father, brother and two friends who have flown over from Australia.
    The Matildas’ captain, who describes London as one of the coolest cities she has ever lived in, feels much more settled being able to fly back home with restrictions eased.  
    A win at Wembley on Sunday afternoon would round off a history-making season for the striker.
    Kerr hopes to set more records for Australia after becoming her nation’s all-time top scorerCredit: Getty
    In January she became Australia’s record international scorer in January surpassing Tim Cahill’s tally of 50 goals for the country.
    Kerr said: “It was nice to get it over and done with. Everyone has been talking about it for so long.
    “At the end of the day, it’s just a title and I hope to set records that the young girls in my (national) team eventually get to break.
    “But at the moment, it’s just about scoring goals.” More