Head coach Sarina Wiegman (England) speaks to reporters prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2021 Qualifier match between Luxembourg and England at Stade de Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Image by Sportpixbe/Sports Press Photo

England boss Wiegman hands first call-ups to youngsters Lucy Parker and Jess Park

England head coach Sarina Wiegman has handed first senior call-ups to West Ham United defender Lucy Parker and Manchester City attacker Jess Park who is currently on-loan at Everton.

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

Chelsea’s Fran Kirby and Manchester City’s Chloe Kelly return to the squad after missing the September international window through injury while Wiegman has also handed a recall to Esme Morgan. The Manchester City defender missed most of last season with a long term injury but is now fit again.

England take on world champions the United States in an international friendly at a sold out Wembley Stadium on Friday 7 October 2022 before facing the Czech Republic in another practice match at The Amex Stadium in Brighton on Tuesday 11 October 2022.

After her latest squad was announced, England boss Wiegman said “Our focus is now firmly on the FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer, all of our time together is vitally important and this is an opportunity for those selected to apply themselves to the best of their ability on and off the pitch.

“The challenge of facing the world champions is one we look forward to and it is another tough fixture to measure our progress as we look to continue to make the next step forward.

“We are so excited to be able to go back to Wembley after our incredible experience in July.

“It will be a special evening and a great celebration for our fans, but we also know it will be a challenging game against very strong opposition.

“We are working hard towards next summer and this will help us understand where we are in our preparation.

“It would also be wrong to underestimate how good the Czech team is with our next match. We saw them draw 0-0 away to the US earlier this year and they also drew twice with the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying.”

The United States game has an extra significance with The Football Association marking 50 years since the first-ever Lionesses match on 18 November 1972. More than 100 former players from across the years are expected to be in attendance as guests of The Football Association while many of those who appeared in that maiden match, a 3-2 win away to Scotland, will be involved in the pre-game ceremony.


England Squad

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Sandy MacIver (Manchester City), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lucy Parker (West Ham United), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jess Park (Everton, loan from Manchester City), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)

Forwards: Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United), Ebony Salmon (Houston Dash)

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