England Lionesses: Frank Kirby returns while Sarina Wiegman names squad for October Test matches

Sarina Wiegman has named her England women’s squad for the upcoming international break for games against USA and Czech Republic.

The Lionesses host the United States at Wembley Stadium on October 7, their first return leg at the National Stadium since beating Germany in extra time in the Euro 2022 final.

Four days later, England meet European opponents at Brighton’s Amex in hopes of extending their current 22-match unbeaten run – the last 14 of which have been wins.

The big news regarding the latest squad is the return of key player Fran Kirby, who missed the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Luxembourg in early September through injury.

Eurofinal matchwinner Chloe Kelly is also back after also missing out on that squad, while Lucy Parker and Jess Park make their first senior nods. Esme Morgan is another recurring name in the 24-strong group.

Parker, Park and Morgan all lack caps yet, but full-back Lucy Bronze in particular, who traded Man City for Barcelona in the summer, will end her century of caps if she appears in both games. Lauren James is also in the squad after winning her first international match against Austria last month.

Seven players in the squad are currently at Man City, including Kelly and Morgan, while five play from rivals United and four from reigning WSL champions Chelsea, who beat City at the weekend – Kirby, who was fit again in that game.

Wiegman said: “Our focus is now firmly on next summer’s Fifa Women’s World Cup, our time together is vital and this is an opportunity for those chosen to do their best on and off the pitch. We look forward to the challenge of taking on the world champions and it’s another tough game to measure our progress as we try to keep taking that next step forward.

“We are delighted to be able to return to Wembley after our incredible experience in July. It’s going to be a special night and a big celebration for our fans, but we also know it’s going to be a challenging game against very strong opponents. We’re working hard towards next summer and that will help us understand where we are in our preparation.”

Goalkeeper: Mary Earps, Sandy MacIver, Ellie Roebuck

defender: Millie Brighton, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Esme Morgan, Lucy Parker, Demi Stokes, Leah Williamson

midfield player: Fran Kirby, Jessica Park, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Kiera Walsh, Katie Zelem

Forward: Lauren Hemp, Chloe Kelly, Lauren James, Beth Mead, Alessia Russo, Ebony Salmon