England women manager Sarina Wiegman has named a 24-player squad for World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Latvia later this month.
Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Ellie Roebuck are still missing because of injury, but there is a recall for Manchester City midfielder Keira Walsh and Manchester United forward Alessia Russo.
Walsh wasn’t included in Wiegman’s first Lionesses squad last month because of early season fitness trouble, while Russo is back in the senior setup for the first time since last October after a long-term hamstring injury ruled her out of most of last season.
There remains a strong blend of experience and newer talent, with eight of the 24 players included having at least 40 international caps and another eight having fewer than 10.
24-player Lionesses squad – October 2021
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Man Utd), Sandy MacIver (Everton), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa)
Defenders: Demi Stokes (Man City), Alex Greenwood (Man City), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Jess Carter (Chelsea)
Midfielders: Jill Scott (Man City), Keira Walsh (Man City), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Lucy Staniforth (Man Utd), Katie Zelem (Man Utd)
Forwards: Ellen White (Man City), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Man City), Ella Toone (Man Utd), Alessia Russo (Man Utd)
England’s first two internationals under Wiegman’s leadership last month resulted in huge wins over North Macedonia and Luxembourg. The Lionesses scored 18 goals without reply and will be expected to win heavily against this month against Northern Ireland and Latvia.
England won 6-0 against Northern Ireland in a friendly as recently as February.