Euro 2022 Top Scorer Beth Mead Left Out of England’s Women’s World Cup Squad
England’s head coach, Sarina Wiegman, has announced the squad for the upcoming Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Although there are some new faces, such as Chelsea defender Millie Bright who will captain the team in place of injured Leah Williamson, there is one notable absence. Euro 2022 top scorer Beth Mead did not make the cut due to her slow recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Mead sustained her injury last November and has been struggling with it since then. While she remained hopeful about making it to the tournament, Wiegman never considered taking any risks with her fitness that could lead to another injury setback. In addition to Mead’s absence, Tottenham striker Beth England was included despite having been out of action since last summer. She scored an impressive twelve goals in her past twelve games in the Women’s Super League. Manchester United forward Nikita Parris and defender Maya le Tissier have also been left out of the squad; however, Le Tissier has been placed on standby along with uncapped goalkeeper Emily Ramsey and forward Jess Park.
While some called for Manchester City defender Steph Houghton’s return due to injuries in defense leading up to the tournament, Wiegman opted for six players who will be going to their first major tournament including midfielders Laura Coombs and Katie Zelem from Manchester United and Brighton respectively. Wiegman stated that leaving out Le Tissier was a tough call since she had impressed at center-back for United this season but competition within defensive positions led them towards other options.
The decision-making process wasn’t easy – several factors had contributed towards building a well-rounded squad capable of bringing home glory while ensuring each player remains fit throughout this prestigious event without risking long-term injuries or setbacks. Overall, England’s Women’s World Cup squad is a combination of fresh faces and seasoned players who could inspire the next generation of female footballers. With such a strong team, fans can’t wait to see what they will achieve in Australia and New Zealand.