England's 23-player squad for 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup announced
Sarina Wiegman, head coach of the England Women's Football Team, has revealed the 23-player squad selected to represent England at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The tournament is scheduled to take place in Australia and New Zealand this summer.
The squad includes players Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Mary Earps, Alex Greenwood, Georgia Stanway, and Keira Walsh.
Each of these women were integral parts of the team that made it to the semi-finals in the 2019 World Cup. Bronze and Greenwood are gearing up for their third consecutive World Cup appearance, having won a bronze medal in 2015.
Jordan Nobbs, who was also part of the 2015 squad, will be returning after missing the 2019 tournament.
“I have huge belief in this squad and we’re very fortunate to be selecting a fantastic group of players to travel to Australia," said Wiegman.
Among the selected players are 16 members of the team that won the UEFA EURO 2022. Niamh Charles, Laura Coombs, Lauren James, Esme Morgan, Katie Robinson, and Katie Zelem will all be making their debut at a major tournament.
Unfortunately, injuries have ruled out England captain Leah Williamson, Fran Kirby, and Beth Mead from the finals.
Maya Le Tissier, Jess Park, and Emily Ramsey have been named as standby players. They will train with the squad at St. George’s Park beginning the week of 19 June.
Le Tissier and Park will join the group in Australia on 5 July for the final preparation phase of the tournament and will remain through the opening match against Haiti on 22 July.
Wiegman paid tribute to the professionalism of the squad and thanked the staff for their dedication.
The head coach, who previously led the Netherlands to runner-up position at the 2019 World Cup, announced her squad selection at community club Boldmere St. Michaels FC in Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham.
The squad in full is:
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Bethany England (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessia Russo (Manchester United)