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Hege Riise adds to England women's squad for games against France and Canada 

Interim Head Coach Riise leads Lionesses for two games in April, and will also take charge of the GB team at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.

By James Pratt ·

The England women's football team squad for their April games against France and Canada has been announced by interim Head Coach Hege Riise.

Lucy Bronze, Ellen White, and Jill Scott were among the experienced players named in the 24-player squad on Tuesday (30th March) by the Norwegian, who won a World Cup and Olympic gold as a player with Norway, and helped coach USA to the Olympic title.

Esme Morgan was then added to the squad on 6th April, with Nikita Parris of Lyon also included on 7th April.

France are third in the world and will host England on Friday 9th April at 20:10 BST (21:10 CET) in Caen.

The English face Canada on Tuesday 13th April (19:15 BST) on home soil in Stoke and without spectators.

They'll also be without Steph Houghton due to injury.

Coach Riise said: “This is crucial as we move closer to the Tokyo Olympics, but also important as we continue to prepare this squad to compete at the home EURO next year and the World Cup in 2023."

“I look forward to two exciting fixtures and the opportunity of challenging every player to impress us and stake their claim for a place in the shortlist for GB Football. I have also been watching very closely those players from the home nations who are in contention for the GB squad and I will continue to do so right up until we shortlist next month.” - Hege Riise

The two matches are a key part of preparations for the UEFA Women's EURO Championships in 2022, which also take place in England.

New Head Coach Sarina Wiegman and assistant Arjan Veurink will take over the England team in September ahead of that tournament and with the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 as another target for success.

England's recent performances also helped ensure Great Britain's women qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021.

England Lionesses squad for France and Canada games

The full 24-player squad announced by the FA for the England games with France and Canada are:

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (OL Reign, loan from Manchester City), Sandy MacIver (Everton), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), Carly Telford (Chelsea),

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Millie Turner (Manchester United), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), Esme Morgan (Manchester City - late addition).

Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Everton, loan from Manchester City), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City)

Forwards: Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Ellen White (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Lyon - late addition).

The most represented club, Man City, were quick to share their approval on social media.

How to watch England Lionesses v France and Canada

For viewers in the UK, both games will be available via BBC broadcasts and livestreams.