Another one who has been in the squads but not often in the team, Niamh Charles hasn’t had much of a look-in on the pitch since coming on as a late substitute in Wiegman’s first game in charge back in September. However, she has many things in her favor de ella including her versatility de ella, able to play on both sides as a left-back or a right-back, and she shouldn’t be ruled out yet.
When she played a blinder in 2020’s FA Cup final at Wembley, Sandy MacIver looked set to establish herself as an England goalkeeper – which she may well yet go on to do in the future – but her club Everton are having a disappointing season and she’s not played any minutes for England since Wiegman took charge yet. At the moment, Hampton is preferred by Weigman for the third keeper spot.
Someone regularly seen around the England camp over the past 15 years, Carly Telford has been a fantastic servant to the English game but it feels unlikely that she will get into the squad now, having not been called up by Wiegman since September. Her recent transfer from her to the new NWSL side San Diego Wave-managed by former England defender Casey Stoney-might give her a chance of a late surge to earn a recall, but it would take an awful lot to sneak in at this late stage.
Young Racing Louisville striker Ebony Salmon was in Wiegman’s first England squad in September but hasn’t been called up to the national side since, which implies she’s now out of the running. She has been playing well at youth international level and she might have a chance of snatching a senior call-up late on if she performs well once her NWSL club’s season gets under way this spring. White, Russo and England are all above her in the current pecking order, though, it would seem.
It’s been a difficult winter for Lucy Staniforth because of injury and, similarly to her Manchester United team-mate, it looks as though Wiegman has now other players who she prefers in the central midfield roles, but Staniforth did get a chance off the bench against Northern Ireland at Wembley in October.
Who might make a late surge?
Nearing a return to the Manchester City squad after a lengthy spell out with an ACL injury, winger Chloe Kelly has the pace and trickery to offer a great deal to the England squad but it will entirely depend on whether she can get back to full fitness and hit the ground running fast enough to impress Wiegman in the next two months.
Covering for Kelly this term as Manchester City’s right winger has been 20-year-old Jess Park, and she is undoubtedly a future star for the national team, but this summer’s Euros will probably come too soon for the uncapped youngster.
At the back, if England were to suffer some unwanted injuries, Manchester United centre-back Aoife Mannion would be a more-than-adept replacement, although Mannion herself was hit by a knee issue recently. Tottenham’s veteran defender Kerys Harrop is also having an excellent season – helping the north London club charge into surprising contention for the Champions League places, but she has yet to be called up by Wiegman and it feels unlikely to happen. Elsewhere, Reading striker Natasha Dowie is currently the joint highest English goalscorer in this season’s WSL – level with Kirby – on six goals, if Wiegman decided to look ‘outside the box’, but if anyone hasn’t been called up by Wiegman in her four camps so far, it’s looking to be a stretch for them.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.