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Houston’s Ebony Salmon named to England national team roster

Houston Dash forward Ebony Salmon has scored eight goals since July 16. (Maria Lysaker/USA TODAY Sports)

Houston Dash forward Ebony Salmon earned a call-up to the England women’s national team for World Cup qualifying matches in September.

The entirety of manager Sarina Wiegman’s roster was announced Wednesday.

England enters UEFA’s final group stage qualifying window on a roll after winning the Women’s European Championship in July.

The Lionesses sit atop Group D and will travel to face second-place Austria on Sept. 3, then will host Luxembourg on Sept. 6. They are a perfect 8-0 in qualifying so far and need either a point against Austria or a win against Luxembourg to clinch a spot in the World Cup.

Salmon will join England from Houston, where she has played for the NWSL’s Dash since late June after being dealt by Racing Louisville FC.

She has thrived since then, scoring eight goals in eight games, which puts her just four behind league leader Alex Morgan. Since July 16, she’s outscored seven NWSL clubs. Her first three goals of the season came in the form of a hat trick against Chicago on July 16 — just the second hat trick in club history.

The Dash are tied for the most points in the league with 28.

Salmon has just one cap for the England team, which came in 2021. But all-time leading goalscorer Ellen White announced her retirement this week, as did Jill Scott, which opened up space on the roster.

Lauren James has also been called up, and she is the only uncapped player on the roster. Jordan Nobbs has returned after missing the Euros with a knee injury. Euros stars Chloe Kelly and Fran Kirby will miss the two games due to injury.

Despite the fresh faces, England still has its sights set on World Cup qualification.

“It only feels like yesterday since we were celebrating at Wembley,” Wiegman said. “We have a big target in front of us this month to book our place at the World Cup, and we have to set aside our amazing memories of this summer for the moment.”