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The British Olympic Association (BOA) has confirmed the selection of 18 football players who will represent Team GB at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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This is the Second Occasion GB has entered a women’s soccer team since the sport was introduced in the Olympic program in 1996.
The team will be led by Olympic champion Hague Rise at this summer’s Games. During his great playing career, Riise won gold with Norway at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
The team consists of five Olympians who competed for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympic Games: Karen Birdsley of England, Steve Hutton, Jill Scott and Ellen White and Kim Little of Scotland.
Thirteen athletes will make their Olympic debut in Tokyo. England’s Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Lauren Hamp, Frank Kirby, Nikita Paris, Eli Robock, Georgia Stanway, Demi Stokes, Keira Wilson and Kayra Walsh with Welsh international Sophie Ingle and Scotland midfielder Caroline Ware.
Twenty-year-old England and Manchester City forward Lauren Hemp is the youngest player to be selected in the England senior team in 2020.
Team GB has also named four reserve players who will travel to Tokyo with the team: Sandy McIver, Lotte Buben-Moy, Nimam Charles and Ella Tun.
The squad is exceptionally talented. Sophie Ingle, Frank Kirby and Millie Bright were instrumental in helping Chelsea win the Women’s Super League this season and reach the UEFA Champions League final. After a successful season for Chelsea, Frank was named the best player in the FA Women’s Super League in Barcelona, and Lucy Bronze of Manchester City was named FIFA Women’s Player of the Year.
The squad is exceptionally talented. Sophie Ingle, Frank Kirby and Millie Bright were instrumental in helping Chelsea win the Women’s Super League and advance to the UEFA Champions League final this season, with Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze winning the FIFA Women’s Player of the Year award.
Team GB London A women’s soccer team took to the field for the first time at the 2012 Olympic Games. The team reached the quarterfinals with the final winners of the United States, winning gold for the third time in a row, beating host Japan 2-1 this summer.
The inclusion of Great Britain’s women’s soccer team for Tokyo may result in more female athletes than men representing Team GB at the Summer Olympics for the first time in history.
Team GB, who have been drawn in Group E, will face Chile in the opening game of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Football Games in Sapporo on 21 July, followed by hosts Japan on 24 July before travelling to Kashima to take on Canada on 27 July.
Mark England of the Tokyo 2020 Team GB Chef de Mission commented: “For the second time in our Olympic history, the opportunity to have a women’s soccer team on the field in Tokyo is incredibly exciting.
“I am delighted to welcome the players selected today to Team GB for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. It is fantastic to see five returning Olympians named and I am sure they, along with the 13 debutants, will relish the opportunity to represent Team GB this summer.
“Team GB is on the cusp of making history this summer as we are on track to qualify more female than male athletes for the Games for the very first time and I am sure that as we saw at London 2012 the team selected today will help to inspire a new generation of girls and young women wanting to play the sport.”
Hege Riise, Head Coach of Team GB Football for Tokyo, 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.”
Team GB footballer selected for Tokyo 2021:
Karen Birdsley – Goalkeeper – Ol Rain and England
Eli Roebuck – Goalkeeper – Manchester City and England
Millie Bright – Defender – Chelsea and England
Lucy Bronze – Defender – Manchester City and England
Rachel Daly – Defender – Houston Dash and England
Steve Houghton – Defender – Manchester City and England
Demi Stokes – Defender – Manchester City and England
Leah Williamson – Defender – Arsenal and England
Sophie Ingle – Midfielder – Chelsea and Wales
Kim Little – Midfielder – Arsenal and Scotland
Jill Scott – Midfielder – Manchester City and England
Keira Walsh – Midfielder – Manchester City and England
Caroline Ware – Midfielder – Manchester City and Scotland
Lauren Hemp – Forward – Manchester City and England
Fran Kirby – Forward – Chelsea and England
Nikita Paris – Forward – Olympic Lyonnais and England
Georgia Stanway – Forward – Manchester City and England
Ellen White – Forward – Manchester City and England
Sandy McIver – Goalkeeper – Everton and England
Lotte Uben-Moy – Defender – Arsenal and England
Niamh Charles – Midfielder – Chelsea and England
Ella Toon – Forward – Manchester United and England
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