Former England captain Houghton not in Euros squad

Steph Houghton has not been included in England’s 23-player squad for the women’s Euros.

Houghton, who captained England for eight years, has not played since January due to an Achilles injury.

The Manchester City defender has made 121 appearances for England including five major tournaments.

Midfielder Jill Scott has been called up and will go to her 10th major tournament despite struggling with injury at the end of the season.

Chelsea forward Fran Kirby has also been selected despite struggling with fatigue and having not played since February.

From the 28-woman provisional squad named in May, goalkeeper Sandy MacIver, defender Niamh Charles and midfielders Katie Zelem and Lucy Staniforth have missed out on final selection.

Manchester City forward Chloe Kelly has been included after recovering from a serious knee injury and will be one of nine players taking part in their first major tournament.

England’s all-time leading goalscorer Ellen White will be going to her third successive Euros.

The Lionesses, who are hosting the tournament, are in Group A with Austria – their first opponents on 6 July – Norway and Northern Ireland.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)

Defenders: Millie Bright, Jess Carter (both Chelsea), Lucy Bronze, Alex Greenwood, Demi Stokes (all Manchester City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jill Scott (in between clubs), 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).

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