Seven Man City Women’s players have been included in Phil Neville’s England squad for friendlies against Austria and Sweden in November.
Goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck and forward Georgia Stanway, who travelled to the She Believes Cup with the team earlier this year, have received their first senior call ups alongside Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Abbie McManus, Nikita Parris and Keira Walsh.
Neville had spoken previously about bringing up the younger players, including Ellie Roebuck and Georgia Stanway before and this is what he said on the City duo and Orlando Pride player Chioma Ubogagu being named this time around: “We’ve included three uncapped players and I’m really looking forward to working with them. They have performed well for their clubs this season and fully deserve their opportunity with the senior team”.
The Lionesses will play Austria at the BSF Arena in Vienna on November 8th with kick off at 6pm UK time, before returning to the New York Stadium in Rotherham where they will face Sweden on November 11th; kick off 13:30pm.
Skipper Houghton is likely to earn her 100th cap for a her country in Austria, however Neville may postpone this for the home game.
Meanwhile Jen Beattie, Claire Emslie and Caroline Weir have been named in Shelley Kerr’s squad for when Scotland host the USA on November 13th. Speaking to her dad John Beattie on BBC Radio Scotland, Jen spoke of the USA fixture naming Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm as just a few of the players that she looked up to growing up.
“The USA have always been an incredible team over the years, winning world cups and it’s exciting to get to play them on home soil” she said.
Speaking about playing the USA before a big tournament, Beattie said those teams are the best teams to play in terms of preparation, “You want to play against the best and it doesn’t really get much better than the USA, so for us going into the tournament regardless of the score, there will be so many learning outcomes from a win, lose or draw, no matter what happens”.
Also on international duty will be Tessa Wullaert, who has been called up to take part in two training camps with Belgium.
Mary Earps (VfL Wolfsburg), Ellie Roebuck (Man City), Cary Telford (Chelsea), Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyonnais), Gabby George (Everton), Alex Greenwood (Man United), Steph Houghton (Man City), Abbie McManus (Man City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Izzy Christiansen (Olympique Lyonnais), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Man City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Keira Walsh (Man City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Toni Duggan (FC Barcelona), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Man City) and Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride/Brisbane Roar)