Aluko left out of Mar­ley’s Eng­land squad

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Sport - By Ben Rumsby

Eni Aluko was yes­ter­day left out of Mo Mar­ley’s first squad as Eng­land Women’s in­terim man­ager for the friendly in France to­mor­row week.

Aluko, who has not played for her coun­try since ac­cus­ing for­mer man­ager Mark Samp­son of racist abuse last year, failed to earn a re­call fol­low­ing his sack­ing for “in­ap­pro­pri­ate” re­la­tion­ships with play­ers in his pre­vi­ous job.

Chelsea striker Aluko fin­ished last sea­son as top scorer in the Women’s Su­per League, but has been lim­ited to two sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances in the opening three games of this cam­paign. She has still man­aged a goal in that time and said in Au­gust she re­tained a de­sire to add to her 102 caps.

Mar­ley opted to name vir­tu­ally the same squad to that se­lected by Samp­son for last month’s 6-0 opening World Cup qual­i­fy­ing thrash­ing of Rus­sia on what turned out to be the eve of his sack­ing.

The Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion was un­able to say whether she had spoken to Aluko about her omis­sion, while a spokesper­son for the striker could not be reached for com­ment.

The FA in­di­cated the in­jured Karen Bard­s­ley and Ellen White had been con­tacted by Mar­ley, who is

On the side­lines: Eni Aluko has only been a sub­sti­tute for Chelsea so far this sea­son also with­out Laura Bas­sett due to com­mit­ments with her Aus­tralian club, Can­berra United.

Mar­ley said: “The squad put in an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance against Rus­sia last month and we want to keep that mo­men­tum going against France. We know France are an ex­cel­lent side and it will be a tough chal­lenge for us. It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for me to see the play­ers in ac­tion against top op­po­si­tion, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing our two im­por­tant home World Cup qual­i­fiers next month.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with this group of staff and play­ers over the next three games.”

Eng­land Un­der-19 man­ager Mar­ley will also lead the side in their fi­nal two games of 2017, against Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina, and Kaza­khstan next month.

Samp­son has re­peat­edly de­nied racially abus­ing Aluko and her Chelsea team-mate Drew Spence.

He was also cleared by two in­ves­ti­ga­tions, al­though the sec­ond of those was re­opened last month after Spence came for­ward to cor­rob­o­rate Aluko’s al­le­ga­tions.

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