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Bad news for England’s women’s football team, three months prior to the World Cup, as key midfielder Katie Chapman opts to take a break from international football because of the pressures of juggling her role as footballer and role as mother.

England manager Hope Powell explained: “With two young children and her commitments at Arsenal, Katie has understandably found it difficult to juggle her family life and her football.

“She has been a wonderful servant to England over the years. I have spoken with her and I fully respect her decision.”