England Women’s 2023 World Cup squad announced

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Sarina Wiegman has named the 23-player squad who will represent England at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this summer.

Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Rachel Daly, Mary Earps, Alex Greenwood, Georgia Stanway and Keira Walsh are all named, having also been part of the squad that reached the 2019 World Cup semi-finals.

Bronze and Greenwood will be playing in their third consecutive World Cup after winning a bronze medal in 2015, while Jordan Nobbs was also part of that squad but missed out four years ago.

Wiegman said: “I have huge belief in this squad and we’re very fortunate to be selecting a fantastic group of players to travel to Australia.

“We know we will face tough challenges from strong teams, and we will have to be competitive from the first match on 22 July. We will do everything to be at our very best again this summer.

“It is important the players get some well-deserved time to rest and recover over the next few weeks before we start the final preparations to get them ready.

“We learned a lot of positive lessons about how to get the players fit, fresh and ready from the EURO last summer and we know what we have to do to make sure we hit the ground running in the right way when the tournament starts.”

Also selected are 16 of the squad who won UEFA EURO 2022 while Niamh Charles, Laura Coombs, Lauren James, Esme Morgan, Katie Robinson and Katie Zelem will all be playing at their first major tournament.

England captain Leah Williamson, Fran Kirby and Beth Mead will all miss out on the finals because of injuries.

Maya Le Tissier, Jess Park and Emily Ramsey have been named on standby and will train with the squad when they report to St. George’s Park in the week commencing 19 June.

Ramsey will depart on 27 June while Le Tissier and Park will join the group in travelling to Australia on 5 July for the final preparation phase of the tournament, remaining up to the opening match against Haiti on 22 July.

Wiegman added: “It’s always tough to leave some players out of the squad, but they know they could still be needed if we have any issues before we start the tournament. I’m very happy that we have such a professional group. I must also pay tribute to the staff for their dedication and commitment to helping us be the best we can be in Australia.”

The head coach, who guided the Netherlands to be runners-up at the 2019 World Cup, named her squad at community club Boldmere St. Michaels FC in Sutton Coldfield in Birmingham.

The squad was revealed via a collage-style animation, created by mixed media artist Alice Isaac. The short film uses more than 1,000 individually cut-out elements to hero the 23 players and the wider England family, as well as highlighting the journey the team has been on over the past 12 months and the adventure that lies ahead this summer.

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)

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