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From Ellie Roebuck to Ebony Salmon: 10 young English footballers to watch | Suzanne Wrack

Women’s football in this country has never been able to draw from such a vast talent pool; here we profile some of the most promising, with the Manchester clubs dominantAt a time when English women’s football can call upon its biggest-ever pool of tale…

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From ‘party girl’ to the Belgian top flight: Emma Coolen’s remarkable rise | Suzanne Wrack

Less than five years after deciding she wanted to make it at the top, the Dutch player has risen from tier eight to realise her dreamTwenty-year-old Emma Coolen cared little about the game. She knew nothing about the teams. But she was there, in Stockh…

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From ‘party girl’ to the Belgian top flight: Emma Coolen’s remarkable rise | Suzanne Wrack

Less than five years after deciding she wanted to make it at the top, the Dutch player has risen from tier eight to realise her dreamTwenty-year-old Emma Coolen cared little about the game. She knew nothing about the teams. But she was there, in Stockh…

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Nilla Fischer: ‘Being a gay woman playing soccer provokes a lot of hate’

The Wolfsburg player and Sweden captain is an outspoken advocate of women’s football and LGBT rights who sees her profession in perspective“We take one step in the right direction and two back if we don’t keep up the fight.” Wolfsburg’s Nilla Fischer h…

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The Celtic diehards helping football tackle the taboo around periods

Few would expect football clubs to be at the forefront of an effort to break the taboo around periods. Yet here we are“Sorry to spoil your breakfasts with talk of periods,” tweeted one supporter of the On the Ball campaign, “but as a teenager who sudde…

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Kim Little: ‘It’s been an unbelievable few days with Scotland and Arsenal’

Injury cost the midfielder her place in the Euro 2017 squad and though she is conscious of getting another before next year’s World Cup in France, she is not going to be inhibitedWhen Scotland qualified for their first Women’s World Cup last week, the …

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Manchester City stifle Ji So Yun to earn draw with Chelsea in WSL opener

• Chelsea 0-0 Manchester City• High intensity but no goals in meeting of last season’s top twoChelsea’s manager Emma Hayes was critical of this possibly title-defining league opener against Manchester City coming so soon after an important round of int…

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Chelsea’s Emma Hayes: ‘I’ve learned as a leader to not be afraid to let go’

After leading the club to a double last season while pregnant, the manager now faces the challenge of rebuilding a squad after the departure of several key playersLast season everything came together for Emma Hayes’s Chelsea. On the pitch the team were…

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Matt Beard returns from the US and looks to make an impact at West Ham

The former Liverpool manager had two years in Boston but is back in London and has revamped the West Ham squadMatt Beard joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2012 and led the Merseyside club to two league titles. It is hard to overstate this achievement. T…

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Phil Neville’s England prosper with width to leave hard lines for Wales | Suzanne Wrack

Despite the home side tweaking the pitch dimensions, England found a way through to make the World Cup finalsMuch of the buildup to this game revolved around the choice of Rodney Parade to play host to the crunch qualifier. Wales hoped the in…

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Jess Fishlock: ‘Reaching a World Cup would be the best thing in my life’ | Suzanne Wrack

Wales’s most capped player is one win away from a World Cup but is under no illusions as to how difficult it will be against EnglandWhen the final whistle blew on their scoreless draw with England in April, the Wales players celebrated.On Friday Englan…

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Women’s season starts in confusion, sadness and with a Chelsea superhuman | Suzanne Wrack

Key talking points from the opening weekend, including questions for the FA over the League Cup and what the attendance for Manchester United’s big kick-off tells usThe Football Association will have hoped that the opening weekend of the women’s season…

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Manchester United’s Alex Greenwood: ‘Casey knows how to get the best out of me’

England’s Alex Greenwood left Liverpool and stepped down a division to join Manchester United and manager Casey Stoney“I think originally – it sounds really bad – I was telling myself: ‘It’s not going to happen,’” says the England left-back Alex Greenw…

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Nick Cushing convinced Manchester City will learn from last season

After missing out on silverware, the Manchester City manager has strengthened his squad to aid their challengeAt the start of the year Manchester City were flying. With the side unbeaten in all competitions and two points ahead of Chelsea, their neares…

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Nick Cushing convinced Manchester City will learn from last season

After missing out on silverware, the Manchester City manager has strengthened his squad to aid their challengeAt the start of the year Manchester City were flying. With the side unbeaten in all competitions and two points ahead of Chelsea, their neares…

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Lauren Hemp warms to occasion as England’s Under-20s thrive in the heat

Young England forward celebrated her 18th birthday in a World Cup victory over North KoreaOn Sunday, in the searing Brittany heat, the Women’s Under-20 World Cup got under way and a young England side marked themselves as contenders in style.Facing Nor…

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Wolfsburg’s Mary Earps: ‘You need to push yourself outside your comfort zone’

After a successful spell at Reading, the England goalkeeper has moved to the German championsHaving played with her brother’s side Mary Earps, went in search of a girls team once she was no longer allowed to play with the boys, it was there, in one of …

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Wales misses golden opportunity in game against England Women | Suzanne Wrack

The Welsh FA has chosen Newport’s ground for a World Cup qualifier when a larger venue would have boosted the game’s profileThe Three Lions may have roared their way to a World Cup semi-final for the first time since 1990 but it was at the 2015 World C…

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Alex Greenwood the jewel in Casey Stoney’s Manchester United crown

The manager has recruited an experienced defence, mainly from Liverpool, with some exciting young talent further forward for their first season in the women’s ChampionshipThe new Manchester United manager, Casey Stoney, last week unveiled the 21 player…

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Manchester United include England stars in unveiled women’s squad

• Manager Casey Stoney poaches seven players from Liverpool • Club are preparing for first season in women’s ChampionshipEngland’s left-back Alex Greenwood and goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain have been unveiled as two of the 21 players signed by Manches…