Arsenal midfielder Jordan Nobbs has been recalled to the England squad for September World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Luxembourg. Nobbs missed this summer’s Euros due to a knee injury but has enjoyed a full pre-season with Arsenal.
Euros winners Leah Williamson, who captains the Lionesses, Lotte Wubben-Moy and Beth Mead have also been called up. Unhelpfully, the next international window takes place just days before Arsenal begin their WSL campaign away at Manchester City.
Manu Zinsberger and Laura Wienroither will certainly be called into the Austria squad too, Stina Blackstenius and Lina Hurtig are part of the Sweden squad who will face Finland on 6th September. Lia Walti and Noelle Maritz are part of the Switzerland team who will take on Croatia on 2nd September and Moldova on 6th September.
Frida Maanum is in the Norway squad for matches against Belgium on 2nd September and Albania on 6th September. Vivianne Miedema is part of the Netherlands squad who play Jen Beattie’s Scotland in a friendly on 2nd September before they play a crucial qualifier against Iceland on 6th September. Netherlands are now coached by former Arsenal men’s academy lead Andries Jonker. Scotland will play Faroe Isles on the 6th too.
Katie McCabe will captain Ireland for very important World Cup qualifiers against Finland (1/9) and Slovakia (6/9). Steph Catley and Caitlin Foord form part of the Matildas squad and will fly back to Australia for a friendly double header with Canada.
It means that the only Arsenal players at London Colney in the week building up to the opening game will be Rafaelle (Brazil do not have a game during this window), Kim Little (retired from international duty), Kaylan Mackerse and Mana Iwabuchi (Japan do not have a game).