Arsenal forward Beth Mead has ruled out England’s She Believes Cup defense after suffering an injury last week as Phil Neville passes the first senior call to West Ham defender Grace Fisk
- Beth Mead was forced to retire during her club’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Thursday
- Grace Fisk, a young West Ham defender, received her first senior call
- Everton’s Chloe Kelly recalled after the impressive start of the women’s Super League
Arsenal forward Beth Mead was left out of England’s women’s team for the She Believes Cup due to an injury.
The striker was sent off during his team’s 3-2 win over Liverpool on Thursday and will not join Phil Neville’s team in America for next month’s tournament.
Manchester United goalkeeper Mary Earps also loses the 23-player squad, while boss Lionesses passes calls to two uncovered players.
Arsenal’s Beth Mead was barred from defending England’s She Believes Cup due to an injury
Lioness boss Phil Neville announced his 23-player squad for the tournament on Tuesday
West Ham’s Grace Fisk received her first senior call, Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver could make her first senior appearance while teammate Chloe Kelly gains a recall after an impressive start to the FA Women’s Super League campaign .
Six team members competed for England at the 2018 Under-20 World Cup, while Neville focuses on youth ahead of Euro 2021 next year.
Neville has high hopes for new faces on his team.
“Until you give young players a chance, you don’t know if they can go one step further and that’s what we will do in She Believes,” he said.
“We want to offer these young players an opportunity, sometimes young people can surprise you with what they can do.”
Chelsea striker Bethany in shape is included in the team, with Jodie Taylor not included having been a member of the World Cup group.
Mead was sent off during the women’s Super League 3-2 victory over Liverpool on Thursday
LIONESSE SQUAD BELIEVES FOR THE CUP
Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Toni Duggan (Atletico Madrid), Beth England (Chelsea), Grace Fisk (West Ham), Alex Greenwood (Lyon), Lauren Hemp (Manchester United ), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Chloe Kelly (Everton), Sandy MacIver (Everton), Abbie McManus (Manchester United), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Lyon), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), Jill Scott ( Manchester City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Carly Telford (Chelsea), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City), Ellen White (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)
England have scored 18 goals in 20 club appearances this season and only score Arsenal and Holland striker Vivianne Miedema in the women’s Super League rankings.
Neville said, “I think she was really unlucky with Beth England before the World Cup and I told her when we would bring her to the team that she would have opportunities after Christmas.
‘She is playing on a team full of confidence and every time I see her playing, she has added a little to the game.
“Without a doubt she, along with Ellen White, are the best two center forward in England in shape and deserves her place on the team.”
Neville was disappointed that she could not appeal to Mead, who has seven goals on his behalf for Arsenal in this term including three in the WSL.
Neville: ‘It’s a blow to Beth. I think Beth has been in the best shape of her career this season.
“I knew that as soon as she fell, the clash of knees, something was wrong.”
West Ham 22-year-old defender Grace Fisk (left) received his first senior call