Royce has declared a special interest in the fitness of Canterbury's defender Mel Clewlow. Clewlow, one of the limited successes of England's World Cup squad last summer and very influential in Canterbury's successful promotion challenge last season, is considered in some quarters to have fitness doubts. Goalkeeper Hilary Rose, now domiciled in the United States, is another Royce will be watching with great interest.
In naming his first selection of 39 players, Royce has included all the England squad currently in Australia with the exception of Clewlow and has also named two Atlanta Olympians for a possible comeback trial: the robust defender Kath Johnson and non-stop midfielder Tammy Miller.
England have won just twice against Australia since 1967 in 22 games and must improve on their form when the two teams met in the Commonwealth Games final in Kuala Lumpur last September when Australia cruised to an 8-1 victory.
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