Dunn, Krieger, Lloyd and Rapinoe all included in SheBelieves Cup training camp

The US squad recently booked their place at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer (PA Images)
The US squad recently booked their place at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer (PA Images)
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US soccer head coach Vlatko Andonovski has named star players Crystal Dunn, Ali Krieger, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe in his SheBelieves Cup training camp in Orlando.

A total of 26 players have been selected in preparation for the tournament, which gets underway next month.

And 20 of the 23 players from last year's winning World Cup campaign will be at the camp.

Six additional players have been named including goalkeeper Jane Campbell, midfielder Casey Short, Margaret Purce and Jordan DiBiasi, who has received her first senior call-up.

The SheBelieves Cup will feature USA, defending champions England, Japan and Spain.

The US will be missing three of their World Cup winning squad in Allie Long, Morgan Brian and Alex Morgan, who misses out due to being pregnant.

Speaking about his 26-strong squad, Andonovski said: "As a team, we have lots of positive feelings coming out of Olympic Qualifying, but I think we all know that there’s still a lot of room for growth for this group and there’s no better way to continue that process than to play teams like England, Spain and Japan.

"Our end goal is the Olympics, but we’re looking forward to a productive camp in Orlando and the challenge of playing three fantastic sides over the seven days. 

"The rhythm of the SheBelieves Cup schedule directly matches what we will face in group play at the Olympics, and the value of getting a test run against this level of competition cannot be overstated."

Andonovski will narrow the squad to 23 players before the first game when US face England on March 5 at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando.

USA squad: 

Goalkeepers: Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders: Abby Dahlkemper (North Carolina Courage), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina Courage), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Utah Royals), Margaret Purce (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Orlando Pride)

Midfielders: Jordan DiBiasi (Washington Spirit), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit), Samantha Mewis (North Carolina Courage), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit)

Forwards: Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Jessica McDonald (North Carolina Courage), Christen Press (Utah Royals), Mallory Pugh (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC), Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage)

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