England captain Williamson earns first recall since ACL injury

Leah Williamson has been named in an England Women’s squad for the first time since returning from a serious knee injury.

England skipper Williamson, who was forced to sit out of last summer’s Women’s World Cup after suffering an ACL rupture, returned to action for the Gunners in late January, and is now back in Lionesses contention for their upcoming friendlies against Austria and Italy.

England's Beth Mead celebrates with team-mate Georgia Stanway
Beth Mead (left) has only recently returned to the England fold after overcoming the same knee injury as Williamson

England Women squad in full

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Man Utd), Khiara Keating (Man City), Hannah Hampton (Chelsea).

Defenders: Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Esme Morgan (Man City), Alex Greenwood (Man City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Maya Le Tissier (Man Utd).

Midfielders: Grace Clinton (Tottenham), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jess Park (Man City), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Man Utd).

Forwards: Alessia Russo (Man Utd), Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Lauren Hemp (Man City), Chloe Kelly (Man City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal).

More to follow…

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