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Movement in the Lionesses camp

Sarina Wiegman announces Lionesses squad ahead of World Cup Qualifiers


Thursday, 25 August 2022

Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs has been recalled to the England squad for next months World Cup qualification games with Austria and Luxembourg.

The Gunners midfielder missed out on the Euro 2022 victory due to injury.

The European champions need a point away to nearest group rivals Austria on Saturday 3 September or, failing that, a victory at home to Luxembourg at a sold-out Stoke City on Tuesday 6 September to confirm their spot in Australia and New Zealand next summer.

Nobbs who has 67 senior caps for England is included alongside England captain Leah Williamson, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Beth Mead.

Chloe Kelly and Fran Kirby will miss out through injury while two other notable absentees are Jill Scott and Ellen White after the experienced duo this week announced their retirement from football.

Sarina Wiegman said: “It only feels like yesterday since we were celebrating at Wembley, but we have to get straight back to business. We have a big target in front of us this month to book our place at the World Cup, and we have to set aside our amazing memories of this summer for the moment. We have lost four players in midfield and forward positions so I am pleased we can turn to experience in Katie Zelem and Jordan Nobbs along with two for the future in Lauren James and Ebony Salmon. “When we can, it is important to give opportunities to our promising younger players in this environment, and for them to experience what is expected in the senior set-up both on and off the pitch. This includes Sandy MacIver who just missed out on Euro 2022.”

Wiegman added Nobbs was "really excited" to be a part of the squad again and would be keen to make an impression before next summer's World Cup. "She was very disappointed that she got injured and needed more time for the Euros," she told BBC Radio 5 Live. She worked hard over the summer and has had good preparation with Arsenal. I am very interested to see where she is at the moment and how she is coming back from the injury." The squad will begin their camp at St. George’s Park this Sunday evening (28 August).

Alex Greenwood celebrates England's 5-1 win over the Netherlands

Photo: Ryan Asman

England squad: Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Sandy MacIver, Ellie Roebuck (both Manchester City). Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Alex Greenwood, Demi Stokes (both Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy, Leah Williamson (both Arsenal). Midfielders: Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Katie Zelem (Manchester United). Forwards: Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris, Alessia Russo (both Manchester United), Ebony Salmon (Houston Dash).

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