England squad: Aston Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton called up for Brazil & Australia friendlies

28-03-2023 03:46 PM

Ammon News - England manager Sarina Wiegman has said Hannah Hampton "sorted out" personal issues to earn a recall to her squad.

The Aston Villa keeper has been absent since England won Euro 2022, with reports she was dropped because of poor attitude, but returns to a 25-player squad for April's friendlies against Brazil and Australia.

"She needed to sort out some personal issues. She has done that, shown great performances and consistency at her club. I thought this was the moment to bring her in," said Wiegman.

The 22-year-old's Villa team-mate Jordan Nobbs has retained her spot after replacing injured Chelsea midfielder Fran Kirby in the Arnold Clark Cup squad.

Tottenham forward Beth England misses out despite being in superb form, scoring five goals in her past six Women's Super League appearances.

"We chose to select less centre-forwards," added Wiegman, who has named Villa's Rachel Daly - a regular full-back for England - as an attacking option.

"The competition in that position is so high so I just chose these two and kept it as that."

Other players not included are Everton's Emily Ramsey, Arsenal's Lotte Wubben-Moy, Manchester United's Katie Zelem and Houston Dash's Ebony Salmon.

West Ham defender Lucy Parker is named and in line to win her first cap for England, having been called up in October but withdrawing through injury.

"It starts with quality and performance. You also want some experience too. [Parker] has played a few different positions in the last few games but she did well," said Wiegman.

"We see things in her we really like. We want to see that in our environment."

Chelsea defender Millie Bright is included despite sustaining a knee injury in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Lyon on Wednesday.

The Lionesses host Brazil at a sold-out Wembley on Thursday, 6 April, before playing Australia at Brentford's Gtech Community Stadium on Tuesday, 11 April.

They are the last fixtures before the start of this summer's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, with England's first game against Haiti on 22 July.


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