England captain Casey Stoney and her team-mate Karen Carney are the tournament ambassadors.
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Date of birth: 1 August 1987
Playing career: Birmingham City LFC (twice), Arsenal LFC, Chicago Red Stars
Honours: UEFA Women's Cup (2006/07), English league (2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09), FA Women's Cup (2006/07, 2007/08, 20010/12), English League Cup (2006/07, 2008/09), UEFA Women's EURO runner-up (2009)
• The versatile attacker's career came full circle in 2011 when she returned to home-town team Birmingham for the new FA Women's Super League (WSL) after five years away. The following May she scored the extra-time equaliser in FA Cup final against Chelsea LFC, her club winning the trophy for the first time on penalties.
• Carney made her senior Birmingham debut aged 14 in 2001, and four years later was given her England bow, coming off the bench to score in a 4-1 friendly defeat of Italy,
• Soon an England regular, Carney's late goal earned England a 3-2 victory in their UEFA Women's EURO 2005 opener in front of a then record crowd of 29,092 at the City of Manchester Stadium. She has since played at two other UEFA Women's EUROs – scoring in the 2009 final – two FIFA Women's World Cups and the 2012 Olympics.
• In 2006 Carney switched to Arsenal and in her first term helped the Gunners to a clean sweep of trophies, including the UEFA Women's Cup.
• She was drafted by the Red Stars for the inaugural American WPS season in 2009; when that side folded in 2011 Carney moved to Birmingham, twice running Arsenal close for the WSL title.
Date of birth: 13 May 1982
Clubs: Arsenal LFC, Charlton Athletic WFC, Chelsea LFC, Lincoln LFC
Honours: English league (2001/02, 2001/02), FA Women's Cup (2000/01, 2004/05), English League Cup (1999/00, 2000/01, 2003/04, 2005/06), UEFA Women's EURO runner-up (2009)
• The current England captain, centre-back Stoney is one of several players in the squad with more than 100 caps.
• Given her first senior chance by Arsenal, she made her England debut aged 18 in 2000. A move to Charlton followed in 2002 and she skippered them to their first FA Women's Cup final in her maiden season.
• Stoney helped Charlton to 2004 and 2006 League Cup and 2005 FA Cup success, but in 2007 the club withdrew funding from their women's section and she joined Chelsea.
• During four years at Chelsea she had a spell as player-manager in 2009. However, for the new FA Women's Super League in 2011 she switched to Lincoln.
• Stoney was an unused squad member at UEFA Women's EURO 2005 but has since appeared at the 2009 (where England were runners-up) and 2013 finals, plus the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women's World Cups and the 2012 Olympics – where she captained Great Britain.