Maya Le Tissier and Katie Robinson have earned their maiden senior call-ups to England squad for friendlies against Japan and Norway in November 2022.
Maya Le Tissier’s call-up comes after a positive start to the season following her move to Manchester United, as she replaces Jess Carter who has been left out of the squad.
Captain, Leah Williamson remains absent after she missed October’s action against USA and Czech Republic with an ankle injury, with her replacement – Lotte Wubben Moy retaining her place in the squad.
West Ham’s Lucy Parker is also sidelined after she withdrew from last month’s fixtures due to injury, which has handed Chelsea’s Niamh Charles a return to the squad in place of Demi Stokes who is snubbed.
In midfield, Jordan Nobbs has earned a recall after impressing in recent weeks for Arsenal as she becomes an additional call-up to take the total number of called-up players to 25 players, which is one more player than the number called up for last month’s matches.
Up front, Alessia Russo returns after she withdrew from last month’s friendlies with an injury whilst Jess Park drops out as Brighton’s Katie Robinson is handed her first senior call-up.
Manager, Sarina Wiegman has opted to make no changes to her goalkeeping selection as Mary Earps, Sandy Maclver and Ellie Roebuck retain their places in the squad.
“These will again be two good challenging games for us which is just what we want and need at this stage,” commented Wiegman as she continues preparations for England’s FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign next summer.
On what is expected of their opposition – Japan and Norway, Wiegman said: “We will come up against one team in Norway that we know plenty about and who are building again under Hege [Riise].
“However, before then we have a tough match against a Japan, who are bringing a different style of play which is a good preparation for the World Cup.”
England will play this month’s fixtures in Murcia, Spain as part of a warm-weather camp as part of preparations for the World Cup, which Wiegman hopes will allow them “to maximise” their training and match time ahead of next summer’s tournament.
England will play Japan then Norway at Pinatar Arena, Murcia, Spain on Friday 11 and Tuesday 15 November respectively, with both matches kicking off at 8pm CET (7pm UK Time).
Here is the 25-player squad in full to face Japan and Norway.
Goalkeepers – Mary Earps (Manchester United), Sandy Maclver (Manchester City), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)
Defence – Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Maya Le Tissier (Manchester United), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
Midfield – Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Kiera Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
Forwards – Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Manchester United), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessio Russo (Manchester United), Ebony Salmon (Houston Dash)