Notts County Ladies boss wary of World Cup impact on players

Notts County Ladies captain Laura Bassett celebrates FA Cup semi-final win with goalkeeper Carly Telford
Notts County Ladies captain Laura Bassett celebrates FA Cup semi-final win with goalkeeper Carly Telford

Notts County players involved in this summer's Word Cup must be treated carefully on their return to club duties, says manager Rick Passmoor.

The Lady Magpies quartet of Carly Telford, Laura Bassett, Alex Greenwood and Ellen White have been selected for England.

Notts midfielder Desiree Scott will also be playing for host nation Canada.

"They may have had the time of their life but they will come back shattered," Passmoor told BBC Sport.

"From my experience when they come back from England they come back, shall we say, jiggered. They come back mentally fatigued.

"I have to be prepared for that. We will have to look forward to it in terms of how do we coax them along? How do we manage them? It will be a difficult time.

"During the next nine weeks I'm going to just pray that they come back fit, healthy and well."

Notts duo come in like new
Notts County Ladies are set to welcome back Desiree Scott and Sophie Bradley for the first time this season after action resumes in July.
Scott has spent the first half of the season with Canada in preparation for the World Cup.
Bradley is expected to return from a knee injury before the end of the season, having been sidelined since July 2014.

Notts County beat defending champions Liverpool at home on Sunday to go third in the Women's Super League One table ahead of the nine week international break.

The FA Women's Cup finalists return to action against Sunderland on 12 July, with the second half of the campaign also marking the start of the Continental Cup competition.

Passmoor admitted he would need to consider strengthening the squad in an effort to cover those players returning from the World Cup.

"We will be looking," he said. "The WSL 2 season is still going and there might be a little diamond that we need to go look at.

"The wheels will not stop turning. There will be a lot of planning and preparation to get players ready for the second half of the season."

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