Asante and Blundell named in England squad

Anita Asante and Hannah Blundell are among six Chelsea Ladies players selected in Phil Neville’s first squad for the SheBelieves Cup next month.

It is Asante’s first call-up since 2015, while 23-year-old Blundell has the opportunity to make her first appearance for her country having previously been named in the squad for training camps.

The other Blues involved for the prestigious four-team tournament are Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Karen Carney and Fran Kirby.

England’s first game under Neville is against France on Thursday 1 March, before matches against Germany (4 March) and the hosts USA (7 March). All matches will be broadcast live on BBC Sport, with the tournament serving as important preparation for the resumption of 2019 Women's World Cup qualifying in April.