Esme Morgan’s hopes of making her England debut were dashed by an injury she suffered while playing for Manchester City last weekend, which forced her to withdraw from Sarina Wiegman’s squad .
The defender was on a stretcher at the start of City’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham at Academy Stadium on Sunday with what turned out to be a shin injury.
Morgan had been called up as one of two potential debutants – the other being Manchester United captain Katie Zelem – for the World Cup qualifiers against North Macedonia and Luxembourg.
The Football Association have confirmed that no substitutions will be made for the 20-year-old.
Wiegman, who was appointed England’s head coach over a year ago, will finally take charge of his first game on Friday when North Macedonia face off against Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium, with a trip to Luxembourg four days later.
She continued in her role as boss of the Netherlands until the end of the Olympics, when her team were beaten on penalties by the United States in the quarter-finals.
Wiegman’s English first team are also missing out on the services of Lucy Bronze due to injury, as well as two Morgan City team-mates in Keira Walsh and Ellie Roebuck.
England Women’s Team
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Sandy MacIver (Everton), Carly Telford (Chelsea)
Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Jessica Carter (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
Midfielder : Jill Scott (Manchester City), Lucy Staniforth (Manchester United), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
Forward: Bethany England (Chelsea), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Arsenal), Ebony Salmon (Racing Louisville), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Ellen White (Manchester City) )