Wil­liamson and Walsh earn call

Yorkshire Post - - FOOTBALL -

Eng­land have called-up Keira Walsh and Leah Wil­liamson for the first time for this month’s 2019 World Cup qual­i­fiers.

In­terim head coach Mo Mar­ley also has goal­keeper Karen Bard­s­ley avail­able fol­low­ing in­jury, but is with­out mid­fielder Jade Moore – af­ter she un­der­went an­kle surgery – for the home fix­tures with Bos­nia & Herze­gov­ina and Kaza­khstan.

Mar­ley had also se­lected mid­field­ers Walsh, of Manch­ester City, and Arse­nal’s Wil­liamson while work­ing with the Un­der-19s, but Eni Aluko – reg­u­larly a sub­sti­tute at Chelsea – is again over­looked.

“These matches are hugely im­por­tant to the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign and we will be look­ing to get two good re­sults, and fin­ish 2017 in strong fash­ion,” said 50-year-old Mar­ley.

“I know Keira and Leah well from the Un­der-19s set-up and they are both tal­ented young play­ers with lots of po­ten­tial and play­ing well for their clubs, and I am pleased to wel­come them into the se­nior squad.”

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