Reds named in England Euro 2022 squad
Three Manchester United Women players have been selected in England's squad for the 2022 UEFA European Women's Football Championship.
The tournament, which was delayed by a year due to the pandemic, will be hosted by England and gets under way with a match between the hosts and Austria at Old Trafford on Wednesday 6 July.
Preparations for the Lionesses have already begun, with a training camp, while they take on Belgium and Switzerland in pre-tournament friendlies.
Ahead of that game, head coach Sarina Wiegman has confirmed her final 23-player squad, with five cut from the preliminary selection which was originally announced in May.
Introducing your @Lionesses for this summer's #WEURO2022... pic.twitter.com/F3IvKjOxSs— England (@England) June 15, 2022
Mary Earps has established herself as first-choice goalkeeper for the Lionesses recently and will be looking to add to her 16 caps.
Ella Toone, who was named our Player of the Year, after a fans’ vote, has already scored 10 goals in 13 games at international level and could be one of the young stars of the tournament.
Alessia Russo, United’s Players’ Player of the Year, will also want to be among the goals following a season in which she struck 11 times for Marc Skinner’s side.
Unfortunately, Lucy Staniforth and Katie Zelem are among the five players left out, having both been named in the provisional squad.
Teams are still able to make changes up until their first game, if players are ruled out through Covid or serious injury.
In total, eight Reds from 2021/22 could play a part in the Euros, which conclude with the final at Wembley on 31 July.
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Midfielder Jackie Groenen is in the Netherlands’ squad, with the Oranje looking to repeat their triumph of 2017.
Maria Thorisdottir and Vilde Boe Risa could be part of the Norwegian side aiming to stop England in Group A when the sides go up against each other in Brighton on 11 July.
Full-back Ona Batlle has been selected in Spain’s provisional squad, while forward Signe Bruun – who spent the second half of last season on loan from Lyon – is in Denmark’s reckoning.