Tuesday, June 28, 2022

England announce provisional Euro 2022 squad, Steph Houghton and Fran Kirby return

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Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman has appointed a squad with plenty of experience to prepare for the start of the summer tournament

Led by captain Leah Williamson, the side will train together twice before three warm-up games against Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland in June.

England have announced their provisional squad of 28 for Euro 2022 as preparations for the second hosting of the competition get under way in the country.

Williamson is captaining the Lionesses for the first time in a major tournament – having only been called up to the role in early April – and she will be joined by Millie Bright and Ellen White, two players with extensive club and country experience.

When the 16-team European Championship begins in early July, England will be without 67-cap international Jordan Nobbs, who picked up a knee injury earlier in the month. And although Aston Villa’s Jill Scott – capped 156 times – is named, she could miss the final squad as well due to ongoing fitness issues.

Returnees Steph Houghton and Fran Kirby aren’t quite fit either. But having donned the Three Lions jersey a total of 175 times, their choice is self-explanatory.

Manchester City striker Chloe Kelly has also returned from injury and joins an impressive array of attacking options alongside Arsenal’s Beth Mead, City’s Lauren Hemp and Manchester United’s Alessia Russo.

Head coach Sarina Wiegman said: “We have a solid squad and I know we have players in our team who will give everything to make this summer an unforgettable experience.

“It’s important that after a very busy season, the players can now get some rest before we get back to work. We then have more than a month to prepare and it is important that we use this time to build an even closer connection on and off the pitch.”

The final selection of 23 players is due to be confirmed in mid-June, with the Lionesses making their debut at the tournament on July 6 against Austria at Old Trafford.

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