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Stone named as new England women's skipper

Casey Stoney has been selected as the new England women's captain following Faye White's international retirement. "It's an absolute honour, the biggest privilege I've ever been given," said the 30 year old.

"At the time I was actually thinking of giving up on international football. I'm so glad I stuck with it."

But even though Stoney was already vice-captain and has worn the captain's armband in most of England's Euro 2013 qualifiers, the news still came as a surprise.

"I didn't assume that I was going to be the official captain," the Lincoln player told BBC Sport. "But I got a call from [England coach] Hope Powell on Wednesday and she gave me the great news. Now I've got to focus on being the best captain I can be.

"It's a big role but one I'm relishing and looking forward to."

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