Houghton misses England squad for Women's Euro

Houghton misses England squad for Women’s Euro

Former captain Steph Houghton missed England’s Euro 2022 squad as manager Sarina Wiegman selected her 23 players for the home tournament on Wednesday.

Houghton underwent Achilles surgery in February which forced her to miss the second half of the club’s season with Manchester City.

The 34-year-old has made 121 appearances for England, with five major tournaments.

“It was a tough decision. She’s just not ready to compete. It was only a matter of time and we don’t have that time,” Wiegman said.

“She’s such a great player and had such an impact on the English game. Of course, she was really, really disappointed.”

Arsenal’s Leah Williamson has taken over the captaincy from Houghton and leads a side with a mix of youth and experience from the team that reached the World Cup semi-finals three years ago.

Nine team members will be involved in a major tournament for the first time.

“We all know this is a huge opportunity and we have to grab it with both hands,” said Wiegman, who has experience of winning the Euros with the home advantage after leading his native Netherlands. to the title five years ago.

“The chance to represent the nation on such a big home stage is an opportunity to be savored. So far, this group has proven they are ready to give their all in every training session, every meeting and every game. match.”

Sandy MacIver, Niamh Charles, Lucy Staniforth and Katie Zelem were also eliminated from the provisional squad of 28 but changes can be made until June 26 in the event of injuries.

Chelsea midfielder Fran Kirby is included despite not having played since February due to a fatigue problem, while Jill Scott has been called up for her 10th major despite also having problems fitness over the past few months.

England kick off the tournament at Old Trafford against Austria on July 6 before taking on Norway and Northern Ireland in Group A.

“Of course we hope to avoid any setbacks before we start against Austria, but we know where we can turn in case we need a replacement,” added Wiegman.

“Unity is a big part of who we are and from every player in the squad to my superb support team, and with the strong support of everyone at the FA and our fans, we are committed to this. make for an unforgettable summer.”

The Lionesses begin their preparations for the tournament against Belgium on Thursday, with further friendlies against the Netherlands and Switzerland to come later this month.

England women’s national team

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)

Defenders: Millie Bright, Jess Carter (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Demi Stokes (all Manchester City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash/USA), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jill Scott (without club), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich/GER), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Forwards: Beth England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly, Ellen White (all Manchester City), Beth Mead, Nikita Parris (both Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United)