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USWNT names roster for England, France friendlies

U.S. women’s national team named its 24-player roster for friendly matches against France and England next month.

The U.S. women’s national team has named its 24-player roster for friendly matches against France and England next month.

The team will play France on Feb. 8, making their first trip to that country in 20 years, and England on Feb. 13.

“These games are exactly what we need," head coach Jill Ellis said. "Our goal leading up to the World Cup is to play some of the best teams. These are two opponents that will test us and certainly two teams we could meet in Canada.”

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The squad will be without midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who has a knee injury, defender Christie Rampone, who is nursing a back injury, and goalkeeper Hope Solo, who is serving a 30-day suspension after an incident during training camp involving her husband’s drunk driving arrest.

Complete roster:

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Goalkeepers: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers)

Defenders: Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders: Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Tori Huster (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City)

Forwards: Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

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