Nobbs misses out as England announce Euro 2022 provisional squad

Nobbs misses out as England announce Euro 2022 provisional squad

Jordan Nobbs is not included in England Women's Euro 2022 provisional squad after a serious knee injury ended her season prematurely - but Steph Houghton has been included.

The Manchester City defender has been in a race to be fit for the tournament, which begins on July 6, after undergoing Achilles surgery in February.

Houghton, whose most recent appearance came for City on January 23, makes an initial 28-player group that is due to be cut down to a final 23 by England boss Sarina Wiegman in the second week of June.

Arsenal midfielder Nobbs misses out after her season was ended earlier this month by a knee problem, further misfortune for a player who was ruled out of the 2019 World Cup by injury.

City winger Chloe Kelly is part of the 28, returning to the Lionesses set-up after her recent comeback from an ACL injury.

Chelsea's Fran Kirby, absent from Wiegman's previous squad due a fatigue-related issue, is back as well, while Jill Scott, who has been on loan at Aston Villa from City, is another included while working on her fitness.

There are also recalls for Manchester United midfielder Lucy Staniforth and Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver in a squad captained by Arsenal's Leah Williamson, who was confirmed as skipper for the Euros - succeeding Houghton - last month.