England Women: Karen Bardsley and Katie Zelem called up for Lionesses training camp

Katie Zelem yet to make England debut; Karen Bardsley returns to set-up; Hannah Hampton, Chloe Kelly and Alex Greenwood all withdraw from England Women's 10-day training camp at St George's Park; Phil Neville's side to play two in-house training fixtures

Katie Zelem of Manchester United in action during the FA Women's Continental League Cup match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Leigh Sports Village
Image: Manchester United's Katie Zelem is yet to make her senior England Women debut

Manchester City goalkeeper Karen Bardsley and Manchester United midfielder Katie Zelem have been called up for England Women's training camp.

The duo will replace Birmingham City's Hannah Hampton and Bardsley's Manchester City team-mates Chloe Kelly and Alex Greenwood after their withdrawals from the 10-day training camp.

Bardsley, who returns to the international set-up, and Zelem, who is yet to make her senior England debut, have joined up with Phil Neville's Lionesses squad at St. George's Park.

The squad will play two in-house training fixtures across the November camp with the first to be played at Stoke City's Stadium on Friday 27 November.

England will not play a competitive match during the camp, with their planned fixture against Norway having been called off due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

Karen Bardsley
Image: Karen Bardsley played for England Women at the 2019 World Cup in France

Zelem's United team-mate Lauren James was included for the first time in the original 29-player squad, while uncapped duo Lotte Wubben-Moy and Rinsola Babajide, of Arsenal and Liverpool respectively, were called up once more after impressing during September's training camp.

James, who only turned 19 in September, has impressed for United in the Women's Super League, as Neville once more selected a youthful group of players.

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Lauren James of Manchester United Women during the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Manchester United Women and Manchester City Women at Leigh Sports Village on November 14, 2020 in Leigh, England
Image: Zelem's United team-mate Lauren James is included in an England squad for the first time

Although Neville will be replaced by Sarina Wiegman as head coach, he is working towards preparing the players for the 2022 European Championships.

England squad

Goalkeepers: Carly Telford, Ellie Roebuck, Sandy MacIver, Karen Bardsley

Defenders: Steph Houghton, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Grace Fisk, Millie Turner, Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Esme Morgan,

Midfielders: Niamh Charles, Leah Williamson, Jill Scott, Laura Coombs, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, Lucy Staniforth, Jordan Nobbs, Katie Zelem

Forwards: Georgia Stanway, Lauren James, Beth Mead, Rachel Daly, Rinsola Babajide, Nikita Parris, Bethany England, Ellen White

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