England: Hannah Hampton and Alessia Russo recalled for World Cup qualifiers

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Alessia Russo won her only England cap against Spain on March 2020

Hannah Hampton, goalkeeper at Aston Villa, and Alessia Russo, forward at Manchester United have been recalled to England's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Northern Ireland or Latvia.

Steph Houghton remains injured. Leah Williamson, who captained England during the Manchester City defender's absence last September, is also included.

Manchester City's Ellie Roebuck, Lucy Bronze and Lucy Bronze were also hurt.

Williamson's Arsenal teammate Jordan Nobbs was not included in the squad.

Nobbs was injured in her ankle and missed the qualifiers against North Macedonia, Luxembourg and Luxembourg. However, she has since been back for her club.

Sarina Wiegman, England manager, said that Nobbs was close to being selected. She hasn’t played as many minutes.

"We keep an eye on her. We are familiar with her past. She is very close. All she needs now is more time.

Ebony Salmon, Racing Louisville's forward, is out. Keira Walsh, Manchester City's midfielder, returns from injury.

Wiegman said, "I have spoken with Ebony [Salmon]". "It is obvious that she has many players that compete with herself. I now prefer the other members of the squad.

She is still a young player. I felt that the other players were a step ahead.

Ellen White, Manchester City's forward, is also participating in the attempt to break Kelly Smith's women record of 46 goals for England. She is currently three goals short.

England is top of their 2023 World Cup qualification group after beating North Macedonia 8-0 at Southampton and Luxembourg 10-0.

The Lionesses will face Northern Ireland on 23 Oct at Wembley, and then travel to Latvia on Tuesday 26 Oct.

"Good goalkeepers are a luxury in England"

Sandy MacIver (left), and Mary Earps, (center) kept their places, while Hannah Hampton was called up under Sarina Wiegman's first call-up.

Roebuck's continued absence means that the battle for England's second-choice goalkeeper is not over.

Mary Earps of Manchester United got the opportunity to stake a claim during the last round qualifying. The promising 20-year old Hampton, who has taken over for Chelsea's Carly Telford, is hopeful of this chance.

Wiegman, who was at Leigh Sports Village to see Earps on Saturday, said that she enjoyed watching her performance in the draw against Manchester City.

"What I see, Mary Earps' is in a good place," Wiegman said. Wiegman said that she is feeling well and doing well. "She played well against Manchester City and it was a great game. I love that she is maturing."

Wiegman commented on Hampton's inclusion: "We have quite good goalkeepers here in England, which is a luxury." It helps to be comfortable on your feet, which aids in the build-up.

"I believe the goalkeeper's first task is to prevent goals. The rest is next.

"Hampton is very athletic. She is a natural goalkeeper. "I'm excited to bring her in, work with her, and see how she interacts with other goalkeepers.

England team in full

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Sandy MacIver and Mary Earps (Manchester United).

Defenders: Millie Bright, Jessica Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Char (Chelsea), Rachel Daly(Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood/Manchester City), Demi Stokes/Manchester City), Lotte Woben-Moy/Arsenal

Midfielders: Jill Scott, Lucy Staniforth (Manchester United), Georgia Stanway and Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Leah Williamson and Katie Zelem (Manchester United).

Forwards: Bethany England, Lauren Hemp and Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead and Nikita Paarris (Arsenal), Alessia Russell (Manchester United), Ella Toone(Manchester United), Ellen White (“Manchester City”).