Isobel Christiansen of England. England v Brazil Women's International Friendlies Football Match, Notts County Football Club, Nottingham, UK - 06 Oct 2018 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Everton midfielder handed long-awaited England return as duo withdraw

Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen has been called into the England squad for the first time in 18 months, The Football Association have confirmed.

The 28-year-old former UEFA Champions League winner has received a late call-up into this week’s training camp at St George’s Park as a result of the withdrawals of Katie Zelem and Lucy Bronze.

It is understood that Manchester United midfielder Zelem is currently self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 while Manchester City full-back Bronze has pulled out of international duty as a precaution with the player nursing a minor knock which she picked up in her second debut for her club at the weekend.

Everton midfielder Christiansen returns to the international fold 18 months on from collecting her 31st senior cap for the Lionesses. The player made her senior international debut against Estonia back in September 2015 but after featuring regularly in an England shirt, injuries have largely restricted her progress.

Christiansen has started both of Everton’s fixtures in this season’s Barclays FA Women’s Super League while she netted the only goal in The Blue Girls’ victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Walton Hall Park at the weekend.

This week’s international training camp will see the England squad compete amongst themselves in a practice match and with next month’s friendly with Germany on the horizon, Christiansen will be keen to impress Lionesses boss Phil Neville.

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