Hege Riise Names First England Squad With Key Players Missing
A Total of 20 Players Included
A total of 20 players have been included in the squad for the match against Kenny Shiels’ side, which comes at the end of a five-day training camp at St George’s Park.
Fans in the United Kingdom will be able to see the match live on the BBC, in what is the first meeting between the nations since a European Championships qualifier in 2008.
The Northern Ireland match is the first of two scheduled fixtures for the Lionesses, ahead of a game with Canada on April 13 – a time and venue for the match is still to be confirmed.
Beth Mead Omitted
Other high-profile omissions include Nikita Parris of Olympique Lyonnais. The French club unwilling to release the striker for international duty due to Covid-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, fellow Liverpudlian and Atletico Madrid forward, Toni Duggan is also excluded.
Four Uncapped Players Named
There are four uncapped players involved, which include goalkeepers Hannah Hampton and Sandy MacIver of Birmingham City and Everton respectively, Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy and Manchester United’s Ella Toone.
The squad in full is listed below.
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)