Manchester City stars dominate Sarina Wiegman’s first England Women squad
EIGHT Manchester City Women players have been named in Sarina Weigman’s first England Women squad, for the upcoming 2023 World Cup qualifiers.
England are in Group D with Austria, Northern Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg and North Macedonia.
Weigman will take charge of her first game on September 17th as the Lionesses take on North Macedonia at Southampton’s St. Mary’s Stadium, before the squad travel to Luxembourg on September 21st.
The defenders in Weigman’s squad include Alex Greenwood, Steph Houghton, Esme Morgan and Demi Stokes. The exact back four that started for Man City in their 4-0 opening day win against Everton in the WSL on Saturday.
As well as a clean sheet, skipper Houghton got on the scoresheet with this stunning free kick.
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) September 4, 2021
You could say it’s a bit of a speciality of Houghton’s, she has scored four more free-kicks than anybody else in WSL history. Astonishingly, 10 of her 21 goals in the competition have been free-kicks. Lets hope she produces one on England duty.
Jill Scott and Georgia Stanway are the Blues’ midfield representatives, they came off the bench against Everton, as did forwards Ellen White and Lauren Hemp who compete the list of City’s England call ups.
Goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck, right back Lucy Bronze and midfielder Keira Walsh all unfortunately miss out due to injury. Those three all played for Team GB in the Olympics, as did Houghton, Stokes, Scott, Hemp, White and Stanway, as well as Scottish forward Caroline Weir.
Chelsea are also well represented in Weigman’s first squad, they have six players involved: Goalkeeper Carly Telford, defenders Millie Bright, Niamh Charles and Jessica Carter as well as forwards Bethany England and Fran Kirby.
Here is the full squad list:
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Jessica Carter (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
Forwards: Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Ebony Salmon (Racing Louisville), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Ellen White (Manchester City)