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Man United striker Alessia Russo called up for England women’s team for World Cup qualifiers

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Man United forward Alessia Russo called up to England’s women’s squad for World Cup qualifiers as Keira Walsh returns from injury, but Steph Houghton and Lucy Bronze remain sidelined

  • England will meet Northern Ireland and Latvia in World Cup qualifiers this month
  • Man United striker Alessia Russo returns to Sarina Wiegman’s 24-player selection
  • Keira Walsh returns after missed victories over North Macedonia and Luxembourg
  • Captain Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze and Ellie Roebuck are all offside
  • Katie Zelem and Hannah Hampton are the two unlimited players in the squad











Manchester United forward Alessia Russo has been included in England’s squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland and Latvia later this month.

Russo, who made her only appearance for the Lionesses in March 2020, will return to the squad as part of a group of 24 players selected by Sarina Wiegman.

United captain Katie Zelem and Aston Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton are the two unrestricted players in the squad.

Man United forward Alessia Russo returns to England squad for World Cup qualifiers

Zelem is United's captain, but has never appeared on the pitch for England despite his call-up

Aston Villa goalkeeper Hampton has yet to make her England debut

Katie Zelem (left) and Hannah Hampton (right) are the two uncapped Lionesses in the squad

While the regaining fitness Keira Walsh is back after missing out last month’s 8-0 win over North Macedonia and 10-0 win over Luxembourg, there is no place in the roster for Jordan Nobbs, who has also recovered from a injury.

England were captained for the two games in September by Leah Williamson in the absence of the injured Steph Houghton, who will remain sidelined alongside Lucy Bronze and Ellie Roebuck.

England take on Northern Ireland on October 23 at Wembley – their first competitive game at the stadium – before taking on Latvia three days later.

Keira Walsh (center) also returns for the Lionesses after sideline injury

Keira Walsh (center) also returns for the Lionesses after sideline injury

Leah Williamson wore the bracelet to last month's games in Steph Houghton's absence

Leah Williamson wore the bracelet to last month’s games in Steph Houghton’s absence

Wiegman said: “After a great start to our World Cup qualifying campaign last month, we are incredibly excited to play our first competitive game at Wembley Stadium.

“The incredible atmosphere our supporters created at St Mary’s Stadium for our game against North Macedonia gave our players and staff a huge boost, so the prospect of playing in front of thousands of fans at our national stadium later this month will be a special one.” be moment.

Northern Ireland has made strong progress in recent years, qualifying for the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euros for home matches earlier this year. In addition, their recent 4-0 win over Latvia shows the strength of their team and their determination to qualify for the World Cup.

“I can’t wait to be with our team again this weekend. Every player showed great potential and the collective positivity and ambition within the group was fantastic to see.

“We are still dealing with one or two injuries from key players, but the depth in our squad is very strong. We hope to give our supporters more reasons to celebrate this month as we continue our progress towards qualifying.”

Wiegman says the Lionesses are 'excited' to play their first competitive game at Wembley

Wiegman says the Lionesses are ‘excited’ to play their first competitive game at Wembley

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