Rachel Daly playing for England in the 2019 SheBelieves Cup. (Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)
Former St. John’s University standout Rachel Daly is going to the World Cup.
The Houston Dash player was named to England’s 23-player roster for the Women’s World Cup Wednesday.
“This is a significant moment in our World Cup campaign,” England coach Phil Neville was quoted by the BBC.
“Picking a squad is never easy but I believe in this group and I know they will be ready to help us perform at our very best at the finals.
“We know what we are capable of achieving and are determined to do all we can to be successful. We keep saying it but the hard work starts now and we are going to give it everything we have to make the nation proud.”
Daly enjoyed an outstanding career at St. John’s, earning All-American honors while becoming of the most lethal goal-scorers in women’s college soccer.
England named its team through a series of social media posts from high-profile supporters, including Prince William, former England men’s captain David Beckham and actress Emma Watson.
“We wanted each player to have a special moment when their name was revealed, knowing they are going to a World Cup,” Neville said.
“It is the biggest thing in their lives and something they’ve dreamed about. We have to make these players visible, we want everybody around the world to buy in to what will be the biggest Women’s World Cup of all time.”
Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Man City), Mary Earps (Wolfsburg), Carly Telford (Chelsea)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Man Utd), Steph Houghton (captain, Man City), Abbie McManus (Man City), Demi Stokes (Man City) Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Reading), Jill Scott (Man City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Keira Walsh (Man City)
Forwards: Toni Duggan (Barcelona) Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Man City), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign), Ellen White (Birmingham City)