England manager Phil Neville has handed four players their first senior call-ups for the upcoming international friendlies with Belgium and Norway.
The Lionesses take on Belgium at the Den Dreef Stadium in Leuven on Thursday 29 August (kick off 6.30pm) before facing Norway in Bergen on Tuesday 3 September (kick off 5pm) at Brann Stadium.
The Football Association have announced the 25-player England squad this morning with uncapped quartet Sandy MacIver, Anna Patten, Aoife Mannion and Beth England all included
Goalkeeper MacIver and defender Patten both come into the squad after impressing whilst playing in the United States while the call-up for tough-tackling centre-back Mannion is one which is thoroughly deserved following her impressive performances for former club Birmingham City last season. Forward England has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in the FA Women’s Super League in the last two seasons and will now be given a chance of being handed a long-awaited senior England debut.
Karen Bardsley’s absence from the squad through injury means that there is space for youngster Ellie Roebuck to be included. Striker Ellen White is the other notable absentee as she misses out with an injury problem. The remainder of the squad has an almost identical look to the one which manager Neville took with him to this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019.
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Sandy MacIver (Clemson University), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), Carly Telford (Chelsea)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Lyon), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Aoife Mannion (Manchester City), Abbie McManus (Manchester United), Anna Patten (University of South Carolina), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Jade Moore (Reading), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City)
Forwards: Toni Duggan (Atletico Madrid), Bethany England (Chelsea), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Lyon), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign)