Women's Football

Sarina Wiegman names Lionesses squad for 2022 Arnold Clark Cup

Jamie Spencer
England's squad for the 2022 Arnold Clark Cup is confirmed
England's squad for the 2022 Arnold Clark Cup is confirmed / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

England manager Sarina Wiegman has named her 24-player squad for the upcoming Arnold Clark Cup, with the Lionesses taking on Canada, Spain and Germany in a round-robin tournament.

Steph Houghton continues to miss out through injury after a recent setback but Lucy Bronze is included for the first time since a June 2021 training camp after recovering from knee surgery. Leah Williamson is also back after missing the November international break.

Goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck is another returning face after putting her recent injury trouble behind her and will compete with the in-form Mary Earps for the number one jersey.

England squad - 2022 Arnold Clark Cup

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

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

England have previously competed as an invitee in the similar SheBelieves Cup in the United States, but the Arnold Clark Cup is on home soil and brand new for 2022.

It will test the Lionesses against some of the best national teams in the world – every participant is top 10 in FIFA’s rankings – and provide meaningful match practice ahead of Euro 2022 in summer.

England face Olympic champions Canada, coached by former Lionesses assistant manager Bev Priestman, at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough on 17 February. They head down to Carrow Road in Norwich three days later to host a Spain side fancied to do well at Euro 2022, before finishing in Wolverhampton at Molineux against Germany on 23 February.

The Lionesses will open Euro 2022 against Austria at Old Trafford on 6 July, while 2023 World Cup qualifiers against North Macedonia and Northern Ireland are on the schedule for April.

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