Esme Morgan of England England U19 v Sweden U19 UEFA European Womens Under-19 Championship football match, St George's Park National Football Centre, Burton-on-Trent, UK - 06 Apr 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester City defender drafted into England squad for international friendly double-header

Manchester City defender Esme Morgan has been added to England interim head coach Hege Riise’s squad for the upcoming international friendlies against France and Canada.

The 20-year-old Sheffield-born defender missed out on selection for the initial 24-player group but she has now been drafted in by interim head coach Riise.

The Football Association confirmed Morgan’s call-up via an official press release this afternoon. The player has already reported for camp at St George’s Park and will be available for selection for both of the Lionesses’ international friendly matches during the next week.

Morgan has been on the senior England radar since last autumn when she was called up for an international training camp at St George’s Park but she is yet to make her senior debut for the Lionesses. The defender has previously represented her country at various youth levels up to Under-21 level.

The youngster is enjoying a strong season for Manchester City this term. Morgan has featured in 10 of her club’s 19 league matches, showing versatility in playing in various positions across the back-line. The player has come into contention for first team starts for Gareth Taylor’s side following a successful loan spell with Everton last season.

England take on France in Caen on Friday before facing Canada at the bet365 Stadium in Stoke next Tuesday.

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