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Posted 12th July 2010, 14:10 in
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Yankey Hoping To Complete Century

Rachel Yankey could win her 100th England cap against Turkey, after being named in the squad for the World Cup qualifier on July 29th.

If Yankey does take to the field at Banks’s Stadium she will become just the second Women’s player in history to reach this landmark figure. Gillian Coulthard holds the record with 119 caps.

After impressing with the U-23 side recently, there are call-ups for Dani Buet and Steph Houghton, while slight injuries to Kelly Smith and Karen Carney have rendered the American-based duo unavailable for selection. However, a broken collarbone suffered by Karen Bardsley will keep the goalkeeper out for some considerable time. Carly Telford takes her place in the squad.

An England win over Turkey would guarantee them top spot in Group 5 and a subsequent play-off place with one qualifier remaining, away to Austria next month.

“We are expected to top this group so it’s important that we don’t make it difficult for ourselves,” said Hope Powell. “I will be looking for us to be professional and hopefully play the way I know we can.

“The last time we played Turkey, in November, on the balance of play I thought we deserved to win, although we did require three late goals to get the points. Turkey can’t qualify for the World Cup now and they will no doubt be hoping to put on a good performance against a team that is expected to get to the play-offs. They have got nothing to lose and something to prove. They can use this game as a marker to see how far they have progressed, so we need to be on our guard.

“I think it’s important to get a good display under our belts and if this game does get us the win we need then I’d like us to get to the play-offs with a bit of style.”

England Squad:

Rachel Brown - Everton
Siobhan Chamberlain - Chelsea
Carly Telford - Unattached
Laura Bassett - Unattached
Sophie Bradley - Unattached
Lindsay Johnson - Everton
Claire Rafferty - Chelsea
Alex Scott - Boston Breakers
Casey Stoney - Chelsea
Dunia Susi - Chelsea
Rachel Unitt - Everton
Faye White - Arsenal
Danielle Buet - Chelsea
Katie Chapman - Chicago Red Stars
Steph Houghton - Unattached
Jill Scott - Everton
Fara Williams - Everton
Eniola Aluko - Atlanta Beat
Jess Clarke - Unattached
Sue Smith - Unattached
Ellen White - Arsenal
Rachel Yankey - Arsenal

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