Announcement of the England women’s squad for Euro 2022: Steph Houghton, Fran Kirby and Chole Kelly will they be there or not? | Soccer News

It’s decision day for Sarina Wiegman on Wednesday as she decides which players will represent England at the Euros on home soil this summer.

The Dutch coach has some tough choices as she whittles her squad down to 23 players, having named an initial squad of 28 players at the end of May.

Before the announcement at 5 p.m. on June 15, Sky Sports News’ England journalist Anton Toloui has asked current players, former stars and a Women’s Super League head coach for their thoughts on Sarina Wiegman’s selection dilemmas…

Houghton in or out?

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Steph Houghton’s season has been plagued by injuries

Steph Houghton has made just five appearances in the Women’s Super League this season and has not played since January due to a recurrence of an Achilles tendon injury.

She is yet to feature under Wiegman after picking up her first ankle problem in the final training session before the Dutch coach’s first game.

However, the 34-year-old has a strong chance of making the final squad, opting to work on her fitness at a private training camp at St George’s Park instead of going on vacation before the squad. England does not end up.

But does the former captain deserve a place ahead of other in-form players?

“If there’s one person you’d bet money on to be in the best shape possible, it’s Steph,” said longtime teammate Lucy Bronze. Sky Sports News.

England women's head coach Sarina Wiegman has praised her team ahead of their clash with Germany
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Sarina Wiegman will choose her last team for the Euros this week

“I completely understand why Sarina wants to bring her in to give her a chance. I know people say she’s been hurt a lot this season, but anyone who’s played with Steph, played against Steph, knows what she can do. bring on and off the field.

“She’s not the captain but she’s still a leader. The team knows that and respects that, Sarina respects that and she has as much of a chance as anyone to be chosen in the team.”

“Do I think she will be in that final team? Yes, I do,” insists Aston Villa head coach Carla Ward.

“You have young players coming to their first major tournament and Steph’s experience will help you tremendously.

“Everyone knows Steph is a leader, a true leader and the quality and experience she can bring. She can be a soldier for Sarina.”

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Steph Houghton says she’s happy to be back in the England setup after recovering from surgery on an Achilles injury

Houghton herself is also confident – as you would expect of such a professional – ahead of Wednesday’s final decision.

“It’s been a difficult journey, having the operation, but I’ve worked really hard to get into this position and I’m taking it day by day,” the Manchester City captain said. Sky Sports News Last week.

“I’m delighted to be back on the pitch and back to my best.”

Who misses if Houghton is selected?

Niamh Charles could be among the players to miss
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Niamh Charles could be among the players to miss

England have four centre-backs who arguably each had their best seasons in the WSL – Alex Greenwood, Millie Bright, Jess Carter and Lotte Wubben-Moy.

If the four and Houghton are chosen, Niamh Charles is likely to miss and Carter has asked to be a backup full-back.

Carter, however, is yet to complete a full team training session as she recovers from the domestic season, but that is not thought to be a doubt for the tournament.

Kirby makes the cut?

Fran Kirby celebrates after scoring England's third goal
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Questions also remain about Fran Kirby’s fitness

Fran Kirby would usually be one of the first players on the roster, but she hasn’t played since February due to illness.

England have three warm-up games this month for Kirby to get vital minutes, but is Wiegman risking a place in the squad for someone who is unsure of a start?

Ella Toone was the No. 10 pick in the Arnold Clark Cup, with Kirby pushed outside on occasion.

England are full of wingers in the squad, so will Wiegman be willing to give Kirby a place if the accuracy of his game is in doubt?

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Lucy Bronze says she has decided where her club’s future lies and says she is fully focused on trying to help England win Euro 2022

“If Fran is available, she must go,” according to former England midfielder and new Birmingham assistant head coach Jo Potter.

“The wealth of experience that she and Steph have is crucial in helping a group through these tough times.

“It’s not all rosy during a tournament and having someone to coach the young players and play in the major matches is invaluable. If she’s available, she’s on my list.”

Kelly, Parris, Russo – will any be missing?

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Lioness Chloe Kelly demonstrates her pool skills against Steph Houghton. Luck or talent, you decide!

Chloe Kelly’s return from injury has given Wiegman a “good problem to have,” as the coaches call her.

The Manchester City striker only returned from an ACL injury in April but has scored once and had three assists in five games.

The 24-year-old didn’t even have a conversation with Wiegman until last month. Now, the former Netherlands boss may be gearing up to deliver some great news to Kelly.

“I said when she got injured, if she got back into shape, she would play a role at the Euros,” Ward said. “Now she’s fit and she’s ready, she has to be 100 per cent in this team.”

If Kelly is selected, it will likely mean that one of Wiegman’s consistently chosen players will be absent.

England captain Leah Williamson (right) is substituted for teammate Nikita Parris during the Arnold Clark Cup match at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough.  Picture date: Thursday February 17, 2022.
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Nikita Parris scored just one WSL goal for Arsenal last season

Nikita Parris has scored just one goal in the WSL this season and may be sweating for him despite previous Euros and World Cup experience.

Only Lauren Hemp has scored more league goals than Alessia Russo of all the players in the provisional squad, but could the Manchester United man be the odd one out?

Former Reading and Notts County midfielder Jo Potter hopes not, saying: “Alessia Russo is a very complete player, I’d like to think she’ll make the team as she has known a great season.

“She can play a vital role, especially coming off the bench. She can score goals from anywhere, so if Ellen White is missing goals, she’s the perfect substitute.

“Besides, she has nothing to lose and will have the bit between her teeth.”

Is there anyone almost certain to miss?

Sandy MacIver set to miss Euro squad
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Sandy MacIver set to miss Euro squad

Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver had not been selected for an England squad this year before the provisional squad was announced, while Manchester United midfielder Lucy Staniforth has played just 38 minutes in 2022.

Players can be substituted up until the day before England’s first game in the event of illness or injury, so the five players who receive bad news are likely to remain with the squad for the next few weeks.

Watch the team announcement live from St George’s Park on Sky Sports News at 5pm and listen to England head coach Sarina Wiegman at 5.30pm. Also follow all the latest news on Sky Sports’ digital platforms.

Anton Toloui, Suzy Wrack and Flo Lloyd-Hughes join Kyle Walker for the Euros kick off at 7.30pm live from the England training base with all the reactions to the squad announcement.

Euro 2022: The groups…

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Euro 2022: The schedule…

Group stage

Wednesday July 6

Group A: England v Austria – Kick off 8pm, Old Trafford

Thursday July 7

Group A: Norway vs Northern Ireland – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Friday July 8

Group B: Spain vs Finland – kick off 5pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Denmark – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Saturday July 9

Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Group C: Netherlands vs Sweden – kick off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Sunday July 10

Group D: Belgium vs Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Italy – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Monday July 11

Group A: Austria vs Northern Ireland – kick off 5pm, St Mary’s

Group A: England v Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

tuesday july 12

Group B: Denmark vs Finland – Kick off 5pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Germany v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Wednesday July 13

Group C: Sweden vs Switzerland – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Netherlands-Portugal – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Thursday July 14

Group D: Italy vs Iceland – Kick off 5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Group D: France vs Belgium – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

friday july 15

Group A: Northern Ireland – England – kick off 8pm, St Mary’s

Group A: Austria vs Norway – Kick off 8pm, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Saturday July 16

Group B: Finland vs Germany – kick off 8pm, Stadium MK

Group B: Denmark v Spain – Kick off 8pm, London Community Stadium

Sunday July 17

Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands – kick off 5pm, Bramall Lane

Group C: Sweden vs Portugal – kick off 5pm, Leigh Sports Village

Monday July 18

Group D: Iceland vs France – kick off 8pm, New York Stadium

Group D: Italy v Belgium – Kick off 8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals

Wednesday July 20

Quarter-final 1: Group A winners v Group B runners-up – 8pm kick-off, Brighton and Hove Community Stadium

Thursday July 21

Quarter-final 2: Group B winners v Group A runners-up – kick-off 8pm, London Community Stadium

friday july 22

Quarter-final 3: Group C winners v Group D runners-up – kick-off 8pm, Leigh Sports Village

Quarter-final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C – kick-off 8pm, New York Stadium

Semi-finals

tuesday july 26

Semi-final 1: Quarter-Final Winners 1 vs. Quarter-Final Winners 3 – Kick-off 8pm, Bramall Lane

Wednesday July 27

Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-Final 2 v Winner Quarter-Final 4 – Kick-off 8pm, Stadium MK

Final

Sunday July 31

Winners Semi-Final 1 v Winners Semi-Final 2 – Kick-off 5pm, Wembley

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