England Women squad: Fran Kirby, Keira Walsh return from injury but Beth Mead not picked | Football News


Sarina Wiegman has named Fran Kirby and Keira Walsh in her 25-player squad for England’s Women’s Nations League double header against Belgium this month.

Chelsea forward Kirby has earned her first call-up this year since sustaining a knee injury in February while Barcelona’s Walsh is back after missing the matches against Scotland and the Netherlands in September because of a calf issue.

However, striker Beth Mead is not included despite making her first appearance for Arsenal on Sunday since her knee injury last November, coming off the bench and setting up the winner in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.

Manchester United midfielder Grace Clinton, on loan at Tottenham, and Manchester City goalkeeper Khiara Keating have been called up to the senior squad for the first time. The pair have made the step up from the England Women’s U23s squad after their impressive starts to the new Women’s Super League season.

Beth Mead’s return changed the game as Arsenal beat Aston Villa

Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy returns after withdrawing from the September squad with an injury.

Katie Robinson, Jordan Nobbs, Laura Coombs and Lucy Staniforth drop out.

Wiegman’s side continue their Group A1 matches by facing Belgium at Leicester’s King Power Stadium a week on Friday and then again away four days later, having started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Scotland and 2-1 loss to the Netherlands in September.

England squad:

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Chelsea), Khiara Keating (Manchester City), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City).

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Maya Le Tissier (Manchester United), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lucy Parker (Aston Villa), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).

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Midfielders: Grace Clinton (Tottenham on loan from Manchester United), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Katie Zelem (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona).

Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Jess Park (Manchester City), Alessia Russo (Arsenal).

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