Arnold Clark Cup Squad
Sarina Wiegman names a 24-strong squad to compete in the Arnold Clark Cup
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
Sarina Wiegman has announced a 24–player squad to face Canada, Spain and Germany in the first staging of the new Arnold Clark Cup.
Manchester City duo Ellie Roebuck and Lucy Bronze return after they missed out on the last three camps through injury. Arsenal's Leah Williamson also returns after her absence in November. However, the Lionesses are without Chelsea's Beth England who has picked up an injury, while captain Steph Houghton continues to works her way back to full fitness.
All time top goalscorer Ellen White retains her place within the squad, as do the in-form Georgia Stanway and Beth Mead. Chelsea defender Jess Carter has also kept her spot after cementing herself as a starting fixture for the London Blues.
The inaugural Arnold Clark Cup, hosted this year by England, features four nations ranked in the world’s top ten and will be vital preparation for England’s UEFA EURO 2022 campaign, which they will also host.
The Lionesses will open the tournament with a match against Olympic gold medallists Canada in Middlesbrough on Thursday 17th February. They will then take on the powerhouse of European football Spain in Norwich on Sunday 20th February. England will finish up the round-robin on Wednesday 23rd February against eight-time European champions Germany in Wolverhampton.
Wiegman said: “I am looking forward to playing against three world-class teams. It will be the perfect way to begin a big year, and we will get a lot of important information from the matches ahead of the Euros."
“We will play three games in a short period and can rotate lots of players which will help us understand more about our squad and the way we want to play. I know the players will be excited to test themselves against strong opponents."
"This tournament can only help us on our way to being ready for the Euros. That is what we are all working towards. It will also be special to go to three top stadiums in different parts of the country and I am sure the fans will give us great support once again."
GK: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)
DF: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
MF: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
FW: Lauren Hemp (Manchester City) , Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Ellen White (Manchester City)