Sweden, England announce rosters for May 17th friendly

The rosters for the England vs. Sweden friendly scheduled for May 17th are set. England features five players from Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) – Sky Blue FC’s Eniola Aluko, Anita Asante, and Karen Bardsley and Boston Breakers Kelly Smith and Alex Scott. Four players from FA Women’s Super League (FAWSL) league leaders Birmingham City are on the squad – Karen Carney, Dunia Susi, Laura Bassett, and Rachel Williams. For Sweden, captain Caroline Seger will make her first appearance in 2011 for her country. She missed the Algarve Cup due to injury. Sweden keeper Sofia Lundgren (Linkopings FC) will not travel to Oxford for the match. She recently suffered a minor foot injury. Head Coach Thomas Dennerby has named Kristin Hammarström (Göteborg FC) as the replacement for Lundgren.

England will be without Arsenal’s Faye White, who got hurt in recent match against Bristol Academy. England Coach Hope Powell chose Chelsea’s Dani Buet to replace White. Rachel Williams returns to the squad for the first time since 2009 when she made her first and only appearance for England. It came in a loss to Iceland. For Sweden, in addition to Seger, one other WPS player will head to England – Sky Blue FC midfielder Therese Sjögran.

Rosters for England vs. Sweden friendly, Tuesday, May 17th at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford


Keepers: Kristin Hammarström (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), Hedvig Lindahl (Kristianstads DFF)

Defenders: Lina Nilsson (LdB FC Malmö), Charlotte Rohlin (Linköpings FC), Linda Sembrant (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC), Annica Svensson (Tyresö DFF), Sara Thunebro (FFC Frankfurt)

Midfielder and forwards: Kosovare Asllani (Linköpings FC), Lisa Dahlkvist (Göteborg FC), Madelaine Edlund (Tyresö FF), Nilla Fischer (LdB FC Malmö), Linda Forsberg (LdB FC Malmö), Antonia Göransson (Hamburger SV), Sofia Jakobsson (Umeå IK), Jessica Landström (FFC Frankfurt), Lotta Schelin (Olympique Lyonnais), Caroline Seger (Western New York Flash), Therese Sjögran (Sky Blue FC), Josefine Öqvist (Linköpings FC)


Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Sky Blue FC), Rachel Brown (Everton), Siobhan Chamberlain (Bristol Academy), Carly Telford (Chelsea)

Defenders: Sophie Bradley (Lincoln Ladies), (Everton), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Alex Scott (Boston Breakers), Casey Stoney (Lincoln Ladies), Dunia Susi (Birmingham City), Rachel Unitt (Everton)

Midfielders:Anita Asante (Sky Blue FC), Laura Bassett (Birmingham City), Dani Buet (Chelsea), Steph Houghton (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Everton), Fara Williams (Everton)

Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Sky Blue FC), Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Jess Clarke (Lincoln Ladies), Natasha Dowie (Everton), (Boston Breakers), Sue Smith (Lincoln Ladies), Ellen White (Arsenal), Rachel Williams (Birmingham City), Rachel Yankey (Arsenal)