Beth Mead returns to England squad after ACL injury for UEFA Women’s Nations League matches

Southgate is urging the England team to go back to their strengths in order to ensure victory in the crucial UEFA Nations League matches against the Netherlands and Scotland. In an effort to secure a win, England manager Sarina Wiegman has decided to include Beth Mead in the squad after a long absence. The Lionesses will first face the Netherlands at Wembley on Friday, December 1, and then travel to Glasgow to play against Scotland at Hampden Park four days later.

After a disappointing 3-2 loss to Belgium on October 31, Wiegman’s team must win against the Dutch in order to remain competitive for the top position in the group. Mead, who has successfully recovered from an ACL injury, will make her comeback with the Lionesses for the first time since November 2022. Furthermore, midfielder Grace Clinton and goalkeeper Khiara Keating have been selected once again after their recent inclusion in the senior squad.

Wiegman expressed her joy at Mead’s return, remarking, “The phone call was truly delightful, she was extremely happy. We have been in touch constantly, since September and October as well, as she was training and gaining some playing time, but I wanted to see more. Presently, her health is in excellent condition, allowing her to fully participate. We hope she continues to progress, but she has already demonstrated enough for me to welcome her back. She possesses a unique character that radiates positive energy both on and off the field; her experience and playing style set her apart from other wing players. This adds an extra spark to our team.” The Dutch team emerged victorious with a 2-1 win over the Lionesses during their previous encounter, while the Tartan Army also experienced a similar defeat at the Stadium of Light in September. Wiegman highlighted the significance of securing victories in the final two matches of 2023, expressing her determination by stating, “We are aware that winning our last two games in 2023 is crucial, and we will put forth our maximum effort to achieve that outcome. This team has consistently demonstrated resilience and strength of character, and I have complete confidence that we will be fully prepared when the referee starts both matches.” In Group A1, the competition is fierce as the Netherlands, Belgium, and England are closely vying for the top spot, with only a three-point difference. Unfortunately, Scotland finds itself at the lowest position in the standings, having earned just one point from their four matches.

Looking ahead to the upcoming games, the England team will be comprised of three talented goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Hannah Hampton, and Khiara Keating. The defensive line-up will consist of Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Alex Greenwood, Maya Le Tissier, Esme Morgan, and Lotte Wubben-Moy. The selected midfielders comprise of Grace Clinton, Fran Kirby, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, and Katie Zelem. As for the forwards included in the team, they are Rachel Daly, Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly, Beth Mead, and Alessia Russo.

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