Kelly Smith in England squad for Euro 2013 qualifier

By Tony Leighton Women's football correspondent
Kelly Smith playing for England
Smith remains focused on succeeding at London 2012

Kelly Smith has been named in the latest England squad and is determined to impress after a below-par World Cup.

Smith struggled with an Achilles injury in Germany and admitted she had a poor tournament.

The 33-year-old Boston Breakers striker has been named in Hope Powell's squad for November 23's Euro 2013 qualifier against Serbia at Doncaster.

"I was not happy with my performances at the World Cup, I just wasn't on it," said Smith.

"I have to acknowledge that I didn't play well and I have to live with that. What makes it worse is that it was my last World Cup - I don't think that physically I'll be able to be involved in four years' time.

"But hopefully if I work really hard I can be part of the Great Britain team at the Olympics and put right what I got wrong at the World Cup."

Since scoring one of England's penalties in the quarter-final defeat by France at the World Cup, former Arsenal player Smith has had only 45 minutes of competitive action, in a Women's Professional Soccer league game for her American team Boston.

Now she is set to step back on to the international stage as England look to give their Euro 2013 hopes a boost after a less than satisfying start to the qualifying campaign.

A hugely disappointing 2-2 draw with lowly ranked Serbia was followed by a 4-0 win against Slovenia, one of Group Six's other minnows, and then a goalless draw with the Netherlands that left Powell's side two points below the Dutch at the top of the group.

Smith was one of several players unavailable for all three of those games but insisted: "Any England team should beat Serbia - that result has put us on the back foot."

And England coach Hope Powell conceded: "We recognise it was two points dropped against Serbia last time out, but now we've got a chance to make amends and we have to win this game to stay in contention to top the group."

As well as Smith's return, Powell will welcome back Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown, who has recovered from the shoulder injury that forced her to withdraw from the squad for the game against the Netherlands.

England squad: Bardsley (New Jersey Sky Blue), Brown (Everton), Chamberlain (Bristol Academy) Bradley (Lincoln), A. Scott (Boston Breakers), Stoney (Lincoln), Susi (Birmingham City), Unitt (Everton), Whelan (Everton), Bassett (Birmingham City), Clarke (Lincoln), Houghton (Arsenal), Moore (Birmingham City), J. Scott (Everton), F. Williams (Everton), Yankey (Arsenal), Aluko (New Jersey Sky Blue), Carney (Birmingham City), Dowie (Everton), Smith (Boston Breakers), E. White (Arsenal), R. Williams (Birmingham City)

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