Wiegman announces England Squad For Women’s World Cup 

By Dave Bishop

England head coach Sarina Wiegman today named her squad for the Women’s World Cup in Australia & New Zealand, which is due to begin on July 20.

Chelsea centre-back Millie Bright, who despite being out with a knee injury since March, has been named as captain with goalkeeper Mary Earps as vice captain.

Euro 2022 top scorer Beth Mead is not included in the squad, having not fully recovered from an anterior cruciate ligament operation, whilst Leah Williamson and Fran Kirby also miss out with injuries.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Beth England, despite not being named in any of Wiegman’s squads since last summer, is recalled having scored twelve goals in her last twelve WSL matches.

Barcelona defender Lucy Bronze is also included despite undergoing knee surgery in April.

Manchester United forward Nikita Parris and defender Maya le Tissier are notable absentees, but Le Tissier has been placed on standby – alongside uncapped goalkeeper Emily Ramsey and forward Jess Park.

Former skipper Steph Houghton, who despite a successful season at Manchester City, also misses out despite injuries to key defenders has led to speculation of a recall.

Midfielder Laura Coombs is one of six players named in the squad who will be playing in their first major international tournament – along with Chelsea pair Lauren James and Niamh Charles, Manchester City’s Esme Morgan, Manchester United’s Katie Zelem and Brighton’s Katie Robinson.

The tournament will be the ninth Women’s World Cup and with 850,000 tickets already sold, organisers are targeting record 1.5 million ticket sales in addition to a global television audience of two billion viewers.

The Lionesses begin their campaign against Haiti in Brisbane on July 22 (10:30) before facing Denmark in Sydney six days later (09:30). Their final game in Group D will be against China in Adelaide on August 1 (12:00).

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City).

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (Manchester United).

Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Bethany England (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp, (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessia Russo (Manchester United).

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