England Women manager Phil Neville has named a 28-player squad for the international friendly against Germany later this month, including seven uncapped players as attention turns to the future.
The clash against the two-time World Cup winners and eight-time European champions is England's first game since the 2020 SheBelieves Cup in March. The last meeting with Germany was played in front of a record 77,768 crowd at Wembley last November and ended in a 2-1 win for the visitors.
Manchester United pair Millie Turner and Ella Toone are among the players called into a Lionesses match squad for the first time, having both been involved in last month’s training camp.
However, their United teammate Katie Zelem has not made the list after having to pull out of the September camp upon testing positive for coronavirus. Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen is involved, having been a late replacement last month after a lengthy international absence.
Grace Fisk, who was a non-playing member of the 2020 SheBelieves Cup squad, Esme Morgan, Niamh Charles and goalkeeper Hannah Hampton are the other uncapped players.
Having also been at the recent training camp, Chelsea’s Fran Kirby is back in the fold following her recovery from a heart condition that had threatened her career altogether.
There are 11 players in the squad from Manchester City alone, while the presence of four from Manchester United means that more than half of the whole Lionesses squad is made up of players just from WSL clubs in Manchester.
28-Player England Women Squad to Face Germany:
Goalkeepers: Hannah Hampton (Birmingham), Sandy MacIver (Everton), Ellie Roebuck (Man City), Carly Telford (Chelsea)
Defenders: Lucy Bronze (Man City), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Grace Fisk (West Ham), Alex Greenwood (Man City), Steph Houghton (Man City), Abbie McManus (Man Utd), Esme Morgan (Man City), Demi Stokes (Man City), Millie Turner (Man Utd), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Izzy Christiansen (Everton), Jill Scott (Man City), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Ella Toone (Man Utd), Keira Walsh (Man City)
Forwards: Rachel Daly (West Ham), Bethany England (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Man City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Lyon), Alessia Russo (Man Utd), Ellen White (Man City)
England are to face Germany in the city of Wiesbaden on Tuesday 27 October. The game will kick off at 3pm and be broadcast live in the UK on BBC2. The next game after that is against Norway on 1 December - with preparations now ramping up for the delayed Olympics - where a Great Britain squad will consist largely of England players, and the delayed European Championship in 2022.