Steph Houghton England Women's Football Lionesses

Houghton out, James missing from England squad for France and Canada friendlies

England captain Steph Houghton will miss the Lionesses' fixtures against France and Canada in April as she continues her recovery from an Achilles injury. 

Uncapped Niamh Charles has been named in Hege Riise's squad along with Millie Turner but there's no room for Turner's Manchester United teammate Lauren James. 

Riise said: "She's a player that we follow [but] due to injury, playing time, and, of course, there's internal discussions around that, that I can't talk about."

There are recalls for experienced goalkeepers Carly Telford and Karen Bardsley as well as Arsenal winger Beth Mead, who was dropped for the recent friendly against Northern Ireland.

A coronavirus outbreak at parent club Lyon meant Nikita Parris was not considered for selection.

England Squad

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley, Sandy MacIver, Ellie Roebuck, Carly Telford

Defenders: Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Niamh Charles, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Demi Stokes, Millie Turner, Leah Williamson, Lotte Wubben-Moy

Midfielders: Fran Kirby, Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott, Georgia Stanway, Keira Walsh

Forwards: Bethany England, Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly, Beth Mead, Ella Toone, Ellen White

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