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Phil Neville names Anita Asante in first 3 Lioness squad

England manager Phil Neville has named Ghanaian born Anita Asante in his first England Female National Team squad for the SheBelieves Cup in the United States next month.

Asante, was one of several players who said they were poorly treated by previous boss Mark Sampson but has been recalled for the first time since 2015.

The three Lioness kick off the SheBelieves Cup against France on 1 March with all three matches live on the BBC.

The Lionesses will also take on Germany on 4 March, before facing hosts the United States on 8 March.

"I hope this squad shows that the door is not closed to anyone," said Neville after picking 32-year-old Asante, who has 70 caps and joined Chelsea in December following a four-year stint with Swedish side Rosengard.

"Those in form will always have a strong chance of being picked."

Reading midfielder Jo Potter and Arsenal forward Danielle Carter are among those who miss out but there is a chance of a first cap for Chelsea defender Hannah Blundell and Everton midfielder Gabby George.

Source: footballghana.com

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