England Women captain Steph Houghton has withdrawn from the squad to face North Macedonia after suffering an ankle injury in training.
The Manchester City defender will now return to her club for further assessment.
Arsenal’s Leah Williamson will instead captain England for the first time on Friday night when the Lionesses begin their 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign against North Macedonia at St Mary’s.
England head coach Sarina Wiegman said: “First and foremost we would like to wish Steph a speedy recovery and hope to see her back fit soon.
“This is also an exciting opportunity for Leah Williamson to wear the captain’s armband at senior level for the first time and I look forward to seeing her in action.
“We hope to see as many of our fans as possible at this evening’s match as we get our World Cup campaign underway.”
More to follow….
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