Four Reds in Lionesses' World Cup squad

Wednesday 31 May 2023 14:23

Four Manchester United players have been named in the England squad for the 2023 Women's World Cup.

Mary Earps, Alessia Russo, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem will all be on the plane for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand this summer, having been selected by Sarina Wiegman.

The announcement was made a short time ago, exactly 50 days out from the opening game, when co-hosts New Zealand face Norway on Thursday 20 July.

For Earps, it will be her second senior World Cup, having been part of the nation's travelling party for the 2019 edition in France, although she did not make an appearance four years ago.

Our goalkeeper has since been named in the Euro 2022 Team of the Tournament following her contribution to England's triumph on home soil last year, and heads into this summer on the back of a successful season, having won the WSL's Golden Glove award in record-breaking fashion.

Russo, Toone and Zelem are all set for their first experience at a World Cup, although the former two both played key roles in the Lionesses' road to lifting the European Championship exactly 10 months ago. 

Zelem missed out on that occasion but her performances while captaining United to our highest-ever position in the WSL has led to her being picked for her maiden major tournament this time around.

Reds defender Maya Le Tissier and goalkeeper Emily Ramsey - who has spent the season on loan with Everton - are on a three-player standby list, alongside Manchester City's Jess Park, and will train with the squad when they report to St. George's Park in the week commencing 19 June.

Ramsey will depart on 27 June, while Le Tissier and Park will travel to Australia with the group for the final pre-tournament preparation phase, remaining there until England's opening match against Haiti on 22 July.

United Women’s season in numbers


Have you seen these standout stats from the team’s memorable 2022/23 campaign?

England are in Group D of the 32-team tournament and will face Denmark (28 July) and China (1 August) after that opening fixture versus Haiti, as they look to progress to the knockout rounds.

Congratulations to all of our selected Reds.


Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (UNITED), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City).

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (UNITED), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (UNITED).

Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Bethany England (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessia Russo (UNITED).