Veteran Lloyd headlines U.S. Women’s World Cup roster

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Carli Lloyd will be playing in her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer, one of 23 players on the roster announced by U.S. coach Jill Ellis.

The team also includes 11 players making their World Cup debuts, but there’s plenty of experience on the roster.

Forwards Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan will be playing in their third World Cup tournaments, as will defenders Ali Krieger, Kelley O’Hara and Becky Sauerbrunn.

Five players are playing on their second World Cup team.

The 36-year-old Lloyd is the oldest player on the squad.

“Selecting a World Cup team is a long process, and I want to thank the players — the ones that made the final team and the ones that didn’t — for all of their hard work over the past two and a half years,” Ellis said. “They all pushed each other in every training session and every game and challenged the coaches to make some tough decisions.

“These 23 players have been through adversity and success, and it’s a group that has the talent, confidence, experience and desire to help us win the World Cup.”

The World Cup will be played June 7 to July 7 in France. The first game for the U.S. women will be against Thailand on June 11.

The United States is the defending champion, defeating Japan 5-2 in the 2015 championship.

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