England announced its 23-player squad for the European Championships on Wednesday, with former captain Steph Houghton a notable absence on the roster.
With 121 career international appearances for the Lionesses, Houghton has been out since January with an Achilles injury. In April, Leah Williamson was named the replacement of the eight-year captain.
Included on the roster are Jill Scott and Fran Kirby, who have both been struggling with injuries.
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Ellen White, England’s all-time leading scorer with 50 goals, will be making her third consecutive Euros appearance and will serve as a vice-captain alongside Millie Bright.
“I am excited by what is possible for this group. We all know this is a huge opportunity and it is one we have to grab with both hands,” manager Serena Wiegman said. “The chance to represent the nation on such a big stage on home soil is one to relish. This group so far has proven they are prepared to give it all they have in every training session, in every meeting and in every game.
“Making the final selection is always difficult because we know the talent and commitment of every single player. I am certain those we have had to disappoint will give everything to support us and be ready if called upon.”
England is scheduled to open the tournament, which will be played at home, with a game against Austria on July 6. They will play friendlies later this month against Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City).
Defenders: Millie Bright, Jess Carter (both Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (unattached), Alex Greenwood, Demi Stokes (both Manchester City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jill Scott (unattached), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal).
Forwards: Beth England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly, Ellen White (all Manchester City), Beth Mead, Nikita Parris (both Arsenal), Alessia Russo (Manchester United).