Ladies in the limelight.The Hawthorns becomes an international stage again tonight as Midland football fans get the chance of a close-up examination of England 's would be World Cup hopes.
But it's not Glenn Hoddle's hopefuls who come under the microscope.
Centre of attention are England's women as they take on Italy in a warm-up for their World Cup qualifier against champions Norway later this month.
The England side will be managed by Dick Bate bate 1
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1. To lessen the force or intensity of; moderate: "To his dying day he bated his breath a little when he told the story" , following last month's resignation of Ted Copeland, but he is only in charge temporarily, as it has already been announced Croydon's England star Hope Powell Hope Powell OBE (born 8 December 1966) is the coach of the England women's national football team. She is easily distinguished by her dreadlocks and is the sister of Dirty Pretty Things and ex-Libertines drummer Gary Powell. will take over in July.
Italy lead their World Cup qualifying table and look certain to go through as winners after their recent 3-2 victory over France.
But although England have beaten the Italians nine times, the last of 18 meetings, in Turin last April, was decided by two goals for the home side in the last ten minutes.
Stockport's Andrea Worrall is a new face in the England squad, while Croydon's Alex Cottier Cot´ti`er
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Noun 1. and Arsenal's talented 18-year-old Rachel Yankey Rachel Yankey MBE (born November 1, 1979 in London) is a female English football player. She plays for the English side Arsenal, and for the England national team. She plays as a Forward, and wears the number 11 for Arsenal and England. return, although the experienced Kerry Davis has surprisingly been omitted from the squad of 20.
England squad: R Brown (Liverpool), P Cope (Millwall), S Reed (Arsenal), A Worrall (Stockport), G Coultard and C Utley (both Doncaster Belles), F White (Arsenal), M Marley (Everton), S Britton, A Cottier, H Powell (all Croydon), B Easton (Everton), D Mur phy (Millwall), K Burke (Everton), S Smith (Tranmere), M Catterall (Liverpool), T Proctor and J Broadhurst (both Croydon), M Garside (Bradford), R Yankey (Arsenal).