Sunderland keeper gets England call-up

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SUNDERLAND Ladies goalkeeper Rachael Laws has received her first full senior England call-up.

The 23-year-old was put on standby for England’s last game against Wales, a 4-0 win which guaranteed qualification for the World Cup next year.

And manager Mark Sampson has opted to look at some new faces in England’s final Group 6 match against Montenegro in Petrovac on Wednesday, September 17.

Laws is joined in the squad by another new keeper, Birmingham City’s Becky Spencer.

The other keeper is former Sunderland player Carly Telford.

Laws, from South Shields, is one of two players from the second division of the Super League included, along with Reading’s Fran Kirby.

Sampson said: “Having qualified for next summer’s World Cup gives us the opportunity to work with some different players and try some new things for this camp, such as working with other goalkeepers.

“However, we want to finish this qualifying campaign just as we’ve played throughout, with a strong attacking performance and hopefully, another win.

“All of our matches now, such as this and our upcoming match at Wembley against Germany, are a really important part of our preparation for Canada.”

England’s next home match is on Sunday, November 23, when they take on Germany at Wembley – the first time the England Women’s team will play at the new stadium.

Squad v Montenegro. Goalkeepers: Rachael Laws (Sunderland), Becky Spencer (Birmingham City), Carly Telford (Notts County). Defenders: Laura Bassett (Chelsea), Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Lucy Bronze (Liverpool), Alex Greenwood (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Claire Rafferty (Chelsea), Jemma Rose (Bristol Academy), Alex Scott (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Karen Carney (Birmingham City), Fran Kirby (Reading), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Birmingham City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Liverpool). Forwards: Eniola Aluko (Chelsea), Jess Clarke (Notts County), Natasha Dowie (Liverpool), Toni Duggan (Manchester City), Lianne Sanderson (Boston Breakers), Jodie Taylor (Washington Spirit).

Laws is in action tonight when Sunderland take on Durham at Eppleton CW (7.30 kick-off).