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English female footballers ‘need more athleticism’ says FA’s Baroness Campbell

English female footballers 'need more athleticism' says FA's Baroness Campbell

Women players in England are technically excellent but need to be more athletic, says the Football Association’s head of women’s football.

Baroness Campbell, former chair of UK Sport, was speaking at the Wembley launch of plans to double participation in the women’s game by 2020.

The FA is also targeting victory for England at the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

“One of the big challenges in the women’s game is just developing athleticism,” Campbell told BBC Sport.

“It is not technical and tactical – [in those aspects] they are probably as good as anybody in the world.

“But that athleticism that you see in the American players or the Germans is a very different type of athleticism, power and agility. We have got a long way to go. […]

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