Why has Hege Riise picked Telford?

Although Everton’s Sandy MacIver is on the list of reserve players, Team GB women’s football head coach Hege Riise has gone for Telford because of her experience and leadership.

The 33-year-old was included in the England squads for the 2007 and 2015 World Cup as well as the 2017 Euros but did not feature.

She played 46 minutes in England’s second group game at the 2019 World Cup against Argentina.

What has been said?

Telford said: “This is an amazing honour, although I really feel for KB and send her all my best wishes for her speedy recovery.

“The goalkeepers’ union is not a cliché – although we are competing to play we always want each other to do well. I am so disappointed for her but of course tremendously proud to get the chance to play at an Olympic Games. It is an incredible honour and I will give it all I can.”

Riise added: “We are very fortunate to be able to call on a goalkeeper of Carly’s pedigree.

“Losing Karen was a blow of course but her selection was always a close-call with Carly, given they both have such strong reputations.

“Carly is a leader and she will be a big asset for us and what we are hoping to achieve.”

When do the Olympics take place?

The team will kick off their Olympic journey with three group-stage games: the first, and opening game of the tournament, against Chile on July 21, followed by Japan on July 24 and Canada on July 27.

Should they progress to the knockout stages, the quarter-finals will be on July 30, the semi-finals on August 2 and the final on August 6.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Yes, The Athletic’s Nancy Frostick has analysed Riise’s Olympic squad.

For more in-depth analysis, Go Deeper below.

(Photo: Lynne Cameron – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)



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