Alessia Russo of England during a session at RBNY Training Facility England Women's Football Team Camp, RBNY Training Facility, Whippany, USA - 07 Mar 2020 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester United forward withdraws from England squad due to injury

Manchester United have confirmed that forward Alessia Russo has withdrawn from the England squad with a thigh injury.

The Lionesses reported for duty at St George’s Park last night but it has been reported that Russo will not be part of the group which will face Germany later this month with the player nursing a thigh injury.

Russo’s Manchester United teammate Katie Zelem has been drafted into the England squad in her place by manager Phil Neville. Zelem was selected in last month’s squad for the Lionesses’ St George’s Park training camp but had to withdraw after testing positive for Coronavirus.

In a post on their official Twitter account this afternoon, Manchester United confirmed Russo’s withdrawal and teammate Zelem’s subsequent call-up.


Manchester United forward Russo was in great form coming into the international break. She scored two goals and provided for another in her side’s 4-2 victory over West Ham United in Dagenham on Sunday. The player was substituted after 77 minutes at The Chigwell Construction Stadium and it is not known whether Russo picked up her injury during the second half of that match.

England are due to take on Germany at the Brita-Arena in Wiesbaden on Tuesday 27 October. It is also thought that manager Neville will again oversee an internal ’11v11′ friendly match at St George’s Park later this week.

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