England manager Sarina Wiegman will on Wednesday appoint her first squad since the historic Euro triumph in the summer – and the first of the post-Ellen White era.
After securing their first major silver prize by beating Germany 2-1 in extra time at Wembley on July 31, the Lionesses will be back in the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Luxembourg on September 3 and 6 be in use.
Wiegman’s squad for the double-header is due to be confirmed on Wednesday morning.
A notable change from last month’s tournament will be the absence of all-time top scorer White, who announced her retirement from football on Monday.
The 33-year-old striker has retired after scoring 52 goals in 113 games, one shy of Wayne Rooney’s all-time record for England.
With White out, Alessia Russo could be promoted to the starting XI next month – the Manchester United forward came off the bench to replace her in each of England’s games during Euros and scored four times.
The other centre-forward in the EURO squad was Chelsea’s Beth England, who will be hoping for a bigger turnout after being used as an unused substitute throughout the tournament.
There could be a recall for Ebony Salmon, who has had one cap to date and was won back in February 2021. The 21-year-old has been in excellent form for Houston Dash, scoring eight goals in eight league games.
Another player who could return is former skipper Steph Houghton.
The centre-back, who was recovering from Achilles surgery, was part of Wiegman’s provisional 28-man squad for the Euro but failed to make the cut when he was reduced to 23.
Houghton was back in contention for the first time since January last week, playing in Manchester City’s Champions League qualifiers.
The other quartet not to make the move from 28 to 23 were Manchester United midfielders Lucy Staniforth and Katie Zelem, Chelsea defender Niamh Charles and goalkeeper Sandy MacIver, who has joined City.
Midfielder Jordan Nobbs, ruled out of the EURO due to a knee injury, is back in training with Arsenal.
Group D leaders England meet second-placed Austria in Wiener Neustadt before taking on Luxembourg at Stoke’s bet365 Stadium.
With a point in the duel with the Austrians, Wiegman’s team secured qualification for next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
England have won all eight of their qualifiers to date, scoring 68 goals and conceding no goals – part of a 20-game unbeaten record under Wiegman.
They beat Austria 1-0 at the Stadium of Light last November and it was the same result when the sides met in the opening Euro game at Old Trafford on 6 July.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/sarina-wiegman-lionesses-austria-beth-england-jordan-nobbs-b2150865.html Sarina Wiegman is preparing to appoint the first England squad since Euro 2022 success