#Lionesses call up Leah Williamson for injured Steph Houghton

Leah Williamson during a Lionesses Training camp. (Photo: Charlotte Wilson for FA)

Steph Houghton has sustained an injury to her right knee and will be undergoing surgery this week to treat it, reports TheFA.com.

The England captain will miss the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier against Russia in Moscow on Friday (5pm BST) meaning Arsenal’s Leah Williamson is drafted into the 20-player squad.

Gabby George (Everton), Alex Greenwood (Liverpool), Aoife Mannion (Birmingham City) and Lauren Bruton (Reading) are all training with Phil Neville’s squad at St. George’s Park this week.


Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Mary Earps (Reading), Carly Telford (Chelsea)

Defenders: Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Abbie McManus (Manchester City), Leah Williamson* (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City)

Forwards: Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Melissa Lawley (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign), Ellen White (Birmingham City).

* replaced Steph Houghton (Manchester City)

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