England call Salmon and James into first squad since Euro 2022 triumph


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The forwards Lauren James and Ebony Salmon have been included in England’s first squad since their Euro 2022 triumph, with the midfielder Jordan Nobbs returning to the fold.

James, 20, is the only uncapped player in the group, and the 21-year-old Salmon, who has one cap, comes in after scoring eight goals in as many games for Houston Dash. Arsenal’s Nobbs is back after being ruled out of the Euros by a knee injury.

The Manchester United midfielder Katie Zelem and Manchester City goalkeeper Sandy MacIver are recalled after failing to make the cut when Sarina Wiegman reduced her 28-player provisional Euros squad to 23.

The former England captain Steph Houghton, another who did not make that final 23, has not been brought back, despite being in action this month in City’s Champions League qualifying matches.

Chloe Kelly and Fran Kirby miss out through injury, and Hannah Hampton is another absentee for the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Luxembourg on 3 and 6 September respectively.

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“When we can, it is important to give opportunities to our promising younger players in this environment, and for them to experience what is expected in the senior setup both on and off the pitch. This includes Sandy MacIver, who just missed out on the Euros [squad].”


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