Houghton and Nobbs return for England

Richard Piggford
By Richard Piggford March 27, 2018 18:00

Houghton and Nobbs return for England

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Influential skipper Steph Houghton returns.

Recently appointed England women’s head coach Phil Neville has recalled both captain Steph Houghton and vice-captain Jordan Nobbs for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The influential duo both missed the She Believes cup in the USA earlier this month through injury.

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vice-captain Nobbs also returns having missed the SheBelieves Cup.

Reading goalkeeper Mary Earps also returns while and uncapped Arsenal and former Sunderland striker Beth Mead also makes the squad.

With three additions to the squad, Neville has left out Liverpool duo Siobhan Chamberlain and Alex Greenwood, as well as Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway.

On Neville’s first game as head coach on home turf, his side will host the Welsh at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium on Friday 6 April before travelling to face Bosnia-Herzegovina four days later.

Neville has also made further changes to his backroom team. Sunderland head coach Melanie Copeland joins Casey Stoney as part of the coaching staff, with Mo Marley stepping away to focus on this summer’s U20 World Cup.

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England head coach Phil Neville.

The  England squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City),  Carly Telford (Chelsea), Mary Earps (Reading).

Defenders: Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Gabby George (Everton), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Abbie McManus (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City).

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Reading).

Forwards: Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Melissa Lawley (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign), Ellen White (Birmingham City).

 

Richard Piggford
By Richard Piggford March 27, 2018 18:00

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