Interim England manager Mo Marley has named her squad for the upcoming Women’s World Cup qualifiers, giving a first senior call up to Arsenal’s Leah Williamson.
Williamson has competed under Marley for the England u19s, and played for the u23s over the summer, but now the FA have announced she’s set to play a part for the senior side for the first time.
The 20-year-old joins Jordan Nobbs, Danielle Carter and Jodie Taylor in the Arsenal contingent of the squad.
“I know Keira [Walsh] and Leah well from the U19s set up and they are both talented young players with lots of potential and playing well for their clubs, and I am pleased to welcome them into the senior squad,” Marley said, as reported on the FA website.
Nobbs and Taylor have 78 England caps between them, so the pair have plenty of experience playing for the national side. Carter has impressed in her three appearances for the Lionesses, scoring six goals for her country.
England face Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan in their World Cup qualifiers on November 24 and 28 respectively. The team won their first match of qualification 6-0, so they’ll be hoping to keep that good form going under Marley.
The full squad is below:
Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Siobhan Chamberlain (Liverpool), Mary Earps (Reading), Carly Telford (Chelsea)
Defenders: Gemma Bonner (Liverpool), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Jess Carter (Birmingham City), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Casey Stoney (Liverpool)
Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jo Potter (Reading), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Fara Williams (Reading), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
Forwards: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Danielle Carter (Arsenal), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Melissa Lawley (Manchester City), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Arsenal).