World Cup Call-Ups for Walsh and Williamson

Keira Walsh (Photo: The FA via Getty Images)

England’s interim head coach Mo Marley has named a 26-player squad for this month’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying double-header.

Keira Walsh and Leah Williamson have been handed their first senior call-ups.

The midfield duo have both featured for Marley in the England U-19s set-up and have progressed through the age groups. They were part of the U23s squad that won the Nordic Tournament in May.

Meanwhile, Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley returns from injury but Reading midfielder Jade Moore misses out following ankle surgery.

The Lionesses will face Bosnia & Herzegovina at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium on Friday 24 November (7.05pm KO).

They then travel to Colchester where they will play Kazakhstan at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on Tuesday 28 November (7.05pm KO).

Tickets, priced £1 for children and £10 for adults, are still available for both matches via

Leah Williamson (Photo: The FA via Getty Images)

England started their qualifying campaign with a comprehensive 6-0 win against Russia in September.

Marley told “These matches are hugely important to the World Cup qualifying campaign and we will be looking to get two good results, and finish 2017 in strong fashion.

“I know Keira 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.

“We are looking forward to ending the year with two home games. We are expecting good crowds at both matches and will be going out to put on two excellent performances for our supporters.”

England squad

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).

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