England Women

England announce 24-player squad for Women's World Cup qualifiers in April

Jamie Spencer
England are back in Women's World Cup qualifying action in April
England are back in Women's World Cup qualifying action in April / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

England manager Sarina Wiegman has named her latest Lionesses squad for World Cup qualifiers against North Macedonia and Northern Ireland next month.

Wiegman’s side will travel to Skopje for a match on 8 April, before playing much closer to home at Windsor Park in Belfast four days later on 12 April.

Victory in both would give England a chance of securing early automatic qualification for the 2023 finals in Australia and New Zealand if Austria drop any points in their two games.

The Lionesses have enjoyed a 100% winning record during the process so far, scoring 53 goals in the process and keeping a clean sheet in every match.

The April clashes will be some of the last that England play before going into Euro 2022 on home soil in the summer, which is now under 100 days away. The only other remaining fixtures prior to the tournament will be friendlies against Belgium and Netherlands in June.

England go into the April international break off the back of winning a closely contested Arnold Clark Cup in February, lifting the trophy ahead of Spain, Canada and Germany after impressively beating the latter in their final match of the invitational competition.

England squad for Women's World Cup qualifiers - April 2022

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Man Utd), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Man City)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Man City), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Man City), Demi Stokes (Man City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Keira Walsh (Man City), Katie Zelem (Man Utd)

Forwards: Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Man City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Man Utd), Ella Toone (Man Utd), Ellen White (Man City)

What Sarina Wiegman said:

“I am really looking forward to getting the group back together and hope we can continue our progress as we aim to qualify for the World Cup. We will need to be fully focused as I expect both our opponents to give all they can.

“Every time we play, we want to perform to our best and do what is necessary to get a good result. That will be no different for these two important fixtures.

“It is also another opportunity for us to learn more about ourselves for the EUROs, particularly against a team we will play in our final group stage match. For now though we have to think only about these next games, working hard to improve our style of play and performing well to get positive results.

How to watch England Women on TV

As has been the case with all of the Lionesses’ 2023 World Cup qualifiers to date, both April matches will be broadcast live on ITV platforms – on television and online.

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