Ebony Salmon of the England U19 team takes the ball downfield England U19 v Turkey U19 UEFA European Womens Under-19 Championship football match, St George's Park National Football Centre, Burton-on-Trent, UK - 03 Apr 2019 Photo: Jon Super for The FA

Bristol City forward Salmon receives first senior call-up to the England squad

Ebony Salmon has received her maiden call-up to the Lionesses squad for their training camp and upcoming friendly fixture against Northern Ireland.

FAWSL Full-Time were made aware of the news via an official press release from The Football Association this afternoon.

Salmon will link-up with the rest of the 21-player squad on Thursday 18 February, as they embark on their first camp under interim-coach Hege Riise. She will then have the chance to earn her first senior cap when England face an in-form Northern Ireland side five days later.

The Bristol City forward’s inclusion is well deserved given her stellar form in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League this season. Salmon has scored five goals in her last six games for the relegation-threatened Robins, and has been key to their recent uptick in form.

A regular England youth international, Salmon has represented the Lionesses up to Under-19 level, wearing the armband as they reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championships back in 2018.

The 20-year-old replaces Nikita Parris, who was not released by Lyon due to the strict quarantine protocols which she would have encountered on her return to France.

Regarding Salmon’s call-up, Riise said “Ebony is a player who we have monitored closely for her club and through our development teams and is a young player who we think will benefit from exposure to the senior environment.

“She has been performing consistently at club level, showing great speed and scoring goals so we are excited to welcome her on camp next week.”

England welcome Northern Ireland to St George’s Park on Tuesday 23 February. The match kicks-off at 12.30pm and will be broadcast live on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Red Button.

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