Monday, July 22, 2024

Lotte Wubben-Moy called into England squad, Leah Williamson injury doubt

Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy had been called into the England squad as cover for the injured Lucy Parker, while Leah Williamson is apparently a doubt for Friday’s friendly against USA.

Wubben-Moy has been a regular in the Lionesses squad over the last 18 months but was initially omitted from Sarina Wiegman’s squad due to a lack of playing time at club level.

That situation is set to change in any case with Rafaelle set for a spell on the sidelines with a fractured metatarsal. Meanwhile, Leah Williamson is a doubt for Friday’s friendly at a sold out Wembley.

Williamson apparently picked up a knock in training and will be assessed, the Lionesses skipper remains with the camp and has yet to be ruled out of the game.

Meanwhile, Vivianne Miedema will not take part in this international break for Netherlands due to illness. Netherlands first friendly, scheduled for Thursday against Zambia, has been called off due to visa issues for Zambia.

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Mayor McCheese

Whenever I see Wubben-Moy’s name, I always think Roy Hodgson made it up.


i dont like this week.


Injury FC back at it again. I wonder if people still think 21 players are enough for the champions league, wsl, fa cup, latter stages of the conti cup and international football. These injuries also take their toll on the fit players because there’s nobody there to rotate with.

Fun Gunner

Yeah, 21 players is only enough if they are all fit! Which they never are. On the other hand, it’s tough to recruit or retain players of the standard we require if they can’t see themselves playing every week. Unless you are already sweeping all before you as OL or Barça… Basically I agree with you, though.


Signing a player that is happy to sit on the bench might not be as good an idea as people think it is. Good players want minutes so they can be selected for their national teams (especially in a World Cup year)

Fun Gunner

I’m glad Lotte Wubben-Moy is getting her callup but aaaargh about Lia Williamson.

Peter Story Teller

Good for Lotte bad for Arsenal!
Ajax knackered Fafa. Leah has been injured training for a pointless international and now we are expected to risk Lotte for the same pointless international.
If we do not win the WSL because our centre backs are all unavailable again we should lobby for an end to “friendly” internationals during the league season. Play them at the end of the season as a warm up for the World Cup or let us ‘do a Chelsea’ and allow us to postpone games where international duty has cost us the services of our first team players.

Peter Story Teller

PS Glad Viv has been pulled from the Orange-Women game too. She hasn’t looked 100% all season.


There are too many international breaks. The major tournaments and all the qualifying matches for Euros and the World Cup are a lot already–and then you have breaks for friendlies? It’s very easy to see why veteran players get worn out.

Peter Story Teller

Don’t often agree with you, Kazoo, but you are spot on there, mate!


National team takes priority over clubs for most women footballers still.
The women’s Champions League final had a few million viewers whereas the women’s Euros final had over 50 million according to UEFA. Much more money and prestige at national team for women’s football still.


But it’s not a pointless international – there are no competitive games between now and the World Cup, so Wiegman has a limited number of opportunities to work with the squad – this is what she spent September to June doing, ensuring she didn’t just have to rely solely on performances against a pretty weak batch of teams in World Cup qualifying. The Euros winning squad came out months of preparation, not just the last three “warm-up” games. It’s why she’s seeking a range of decent opponents. They’re not one-off games, they’re part of a process. And injuries can happen… Read more »

Peter Story Teller

And it costs us titles! What do you think my main employer would say if I had to have time off work because I got injured working for someone else? If we are to have professional leagues their priorities should come first as the clubs involved are the players’ primary employer and we want to see the best players in action each match. Sure players do get injured but doing the job they are paid to do not for friendly international games that can be played equally well out of season. It is almost a year until the World Cup!… Read more »

Adrian Scott

I am so sorry to hear of Leah’s injury and I wish her well and hope for her recovery soon. It is a massive loss both for Arsenal and the Lionesses .Get well soon Leah; you really don’t deserve this.

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