England v USA Squad: Lucy Parker And Jess Park Earn First Lionesses Call-Ups

Sarina Wiegman has also recalled Fran Kirby and Chloe Kelly to the group, having missed the September meeting through injury
17:07, 27 Sep 2022

Sarina Wiegman has recalled Fran Kirby and Euro 2022 final hero Chloe Kelly to the England squad, while Lucy Parker and Jess Park have received their first call-ups for the October fixtures against world champions United States and Czech Republic.

Kirby and Kelly were absent from the Lionesses squad which faced Austria and Luxembourg in World Cup qualifiers through injury, but both return to the squad. Joining them are West Ham United’s Parker and Manchester City's Park, currently on loan at Everton. She has had an enjoyable start to the season with the Toffees, scoring against rivals Liverpool in front of over 27,000 people at Anfield on Sunday.


Manchester City defender Esme Morgan returns to the squad for the first time since September 2021 and is in line to make her Lionesses debut after recovering from long-term injury.

The Lionesses are returning to two venues that are familiar to fans following their memorable summer. Firstly, the USA will be welcomed to a sold-out Wembley Stadium, the setting of the historic Euro 2022 final in July when a 2-1 victory against Germany clinched the trophy. The match on October 7 will hold some commemorative significance as the FA marks the 50-year anniversary of the first Lionesses match on 18 November 1972.

More than 100 former players from across the years are expected to be in attendance as guests, while many of those who appeared in that maiden match, a 3-2 win away to Scotland, will be involved in a pre-game ceremony.

In their second match, Czech Republic will travel to Brighton and Hove Albion's Amex Stadium on Tuesday 11 October, with England having played two significant Euro 2022 matches at the south-coast arena – winning 8-0 against Norway in the group stage and defeating Spain 2-1 after extra time in the quarter-finals.

“Our focus is now firmly on the FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer, all of our time together is vitally important and this is an opportunity for those selected to apply themselves to the best of their ability on and off the pitch," said head coach Wiegman.

“The challenge of facing the world champions is one we look forward to and it is another tough fixture to measure our progress as we look to continue to make the next step forward.

“We are so excited to be able to go back to Wembley after our incredible experience in July.

“It will be a special evening and a great celebration for our fans, but we also know it will be a challenging game against very strong opposition.

“We are working hard towards next summer and this will help us understand where we are in our preparation.

“It would also be wrong to underestimate how good the Czech team is with our next match. We saw them draw 0-0 away to the US earlier this year and they also drew twice with the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying.

“As it will be at Wembley, we want to be able to say ‘thank you’ to the fans at Brighton. They were such a special part of what we all achieved and we will always have good memories of the stadium. They created a brilliant atmosphere that helped inspire us on the pitch.”

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Sandy MacIver (Manchester City), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lucy Parker (West Ham United), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jessica Park (Everton, loan from Manchester City), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)

Forwards: Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United), Ebony Salmon (Houston Dash)

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