Former Sheffield United Women pair Ellie Roebuck and Millie Bright named in Hege Riise's Team GB squad for Tokyo Olympics
Former Sheffield United Women pair Ellie Roebuck and Millie Bright have been named in Hege Riise's Team GB squad for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
Millie Bright, from Killamarsh, and Sheffield-born Ellie Roebuck have been included in the 18-strong squad selected by coach Hege Riise and announced by the British Olympic Association on Thursday.
The group contains 15 England players, two from Scotland in Little and Caroline Weir and one from Wales in Sophie Ingle.
There are none from Northern Ireland for what will be Britain’s second appearance at an Olympic Games in women’s football after London 2012.
Both defender Bright, 27, and keeper Roebuck, 21, came through Sheffield United's academy and now play in the Women’s Super League - the top tier of women’s football in England – for Chelsea and Manchester City respectively.
City are the club with the most representatives in the squad with 11.
Riise, the England interim boss who won Olympic gold as a player with Norway in 2000, said: “I know first hand as a former player just how proud my players will feel today at having been selected to represent Great Britain.
“There is no greater sporting occasion in the world and I am honoured to lead this hugely talented team into the Games.
“We will go there aiming to win and we will give everything we have to achieve success. I hope that Great Britain’s inclusion once more in the Olympic football tournament can inspire the next generation of young girls to play the sport we love.”