Sarina Wiegman has named a 23 strong England Women squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month.
England host Austria on November 27 at the Stadium of Light, before hosting Latvia at the Keepmoat Stadium on November 30.
Sarina Wiegman Announces Latest England Women Squad With Jordan Nobbs Included
November squad has dropped! 💥
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) November 16, 2021
Jordan Nobbs Call-Up
28-year-old Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs has been included in Wiegman’s latest squad having suffered from injury of late. She has been capped 61 times by the England national team, scoring seven goals.
Her potential return v Austria could be a stellar moment for the Sunderland academy graduate, who has previously labelled the Stadium of Light the ‘first proper football stadium’ she played in.
Nobbs’ last England goal came in September 2017 v Russia at Prenton Park. She’ll be looking to put a more recent outlook on that.
Meanwhile, Nobbs’ Arsenal teammate Leah Williamson has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Williamson has been captaining England under Wiegman.
Ellen White Appearance Landmark
Manchester City forward Ellen White is an unsurprising inclusion in the squad but an important one. The 32-year-old is one appearance from making her 100th in a Lionesses jersey and continues to chase Kelly Smith’s England goal record of 46 – White currently has 44.
England Squad Still Missing Established Stars
England remain without Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton, all of Manchester City, who are struggling by their standards in the Women’s Super League without them.
City sit in ninth place so far and pressure seems to be mounting on boss Gareth Taylor, despite the injury excuse.
England have suffered little without them though with the amazing talent at Sarina Wiegman’s disposal covering for them so far.
Austria will be the Lionesses’ most difficult challenge yet though. They sit two points below the Lionesses so far and have a goal difference in the green of 18. That said, England have been impeccable themselves so far, winning all four games with a goal difference of +32 – not conceding a single goal.
Sarina Wiegman Hoping for Great Crowds Up North
Wiegman told englandfootball.com: “We’ve had an extremely enjoyable and successful start to our World Cup qualifying campaign so far.
“Having experienced the incredible atmosphere of Wembley Stadium last month, we’re delighted to be visiting two venues in the north of England for our games against Austria and Latvia.
“Our first fixture this camp against Austria at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland should be an extremely exciting and competitive game and will be a good test of how well we are developing as a squad as we build towards next summer’s home EURO.
“We hope to see great crowds at both games as I’m very aware of the huge supporter base and participation at the grassroots of the game that exists in both regions.
“We would love to end this calendar year in style with two great World Cup qualifying matches as we prepare for what will be an incredible 2022 for women’s football in England.”
The former Netherlands boss could not have not a better job so far.
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