England announce squad for Women’s World Cup 2023
Following their Euro 2022 win the Lionesses will be eyeing the 2023 Women’s World Cup
Beth Mead, who led England in scoring at Euro 2022, isn’t on the team for the Women’s World Cup because she hasn’t fully healed from an anterior ligament injury.
The 27-year-old Arsenal forward, who hasn’t played since November, was a big question mark.
Beth Mead of Tottenham, who has not played since last summer, gets selected despite registering 12 goals in her previous 12 Women’s Super League contests.
The 23-person roster includes Chelsea centre defender Millie Bright, who hasn’t played since March due to a knee injury.
In the place of wounded defender Leah Williamson, Bright will take charge of the team, according to England manager Sarina Wiegman.
Fran Kirby, a midfielder, had previously been ruled out due to injury, while Barcelona’s Lucy Bronze, a defender, is still participating after undergoing knee surgery in April.
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Wiegman claimed that she had never considered the possibility that Mead may recover in time for the competition in Australia and New Zealand.
Nikita Parris of Manchester United and Maya le Tissier, a defender, both of whom are unavailable, have been put on reserve in addition to Jess Park, an inexperienced custodian, and Emily Ramsey, a forward.
Steph Houghton, a Manchester City defender who represented England for eight years, wasn’t called up amid appeals for her comeback due to injuries in defence.
Six members of the team, including midfielder Laura Coombs, Chelsea teammates Lauren James and Niamh Charles, Esme Morgan of Manchester City, Katie Zelem of Manchester United, and Katie Robinson of Brighton, are all competing in their initial major competition.
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).