Lucas and Clapp included in extended England squad ahead of Old Mutual Wealth Series

PUBLISHED: 16:05 12 October 2017

Baldock's Justine Lucas and England just missed out on World Cup glory in August. Picture: BRIAN LAWLESS/ PA WIRE

Baldock's Justine Lucas and England just missed out on World Cup glory in August. Picture: BRIAN LAWLESS/ PA WIRE

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Baldock’s Justine Lucas and Welwyn Garden City’s Lotte Clapp have both been included in England’s extended training squad ahead of the autumn internationals.

Welwyn Garden City's Charlotte Clapp is back in the England squad ahead of autumn internationals. Picture: GARETH FULLER/ PA WIREWelwyn Garden City's Charlotte Clapp is back in the England squad ahead of autumn internationals. Picture: GARETH FULLER/ PA WIRE

Head coach Simon Middleton has named 43 players to take part in the three-day camp in Bisham Abbey this weekend.

From that he will choose a smaller squad to take part in two behind-closed-doors training games against South Africa on October 18 and 22 in Aldershot.

It will be the first get-together for the squad since the World Cup in August and will start the preparations for the three-game Old Mutual Wealth Series with Canada.

Middleton said: “This year we are doing things differently and bringing together an extended training squad of 43 players with the objective being twofold; firstly to allow us to select the strongest squad for the upcoming season and secondly give new talent invaluable playing opportunities as part of an international training team in games against South Africa.

“Off the back of the training camp and training games we’ll reduce the extended training squad numbers and name an EPS squad, who we feel is right for the upcoming season.

“We are really excited about the new, young players coming into camp for the first time.

“We know and have seen players in the past who have made unbelievable gains, when you get them in the right environment at the right time.

“In the long term we are working towards our objective to build and prepare a squad with real depth for the next Women’s World Cup in 2021.

“We are confident these young players can, and will develop as the next generation of international players. It’s crucial we expose them to the international environment at an early stage as part of their development if we are to meet this objective.”

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