England: Leah Williamson returns to the Lionesses team for the friendly matches between Austria and Italy

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Leah Williamson is back in the England squad for the first time since April, after recovering from a anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

The central defender, 26, will captain the Lionesses in friendlies against Austria and Italy on February 23 and 27.

Both matches will be played in Spain and will be preceded by a training camp.

Millie Bright, who led England at the 2023 World Cup in Williamson’s absence, is out with a knee injury.

Defender Bright, 30, has not played for Chelsea in 2024 after injury kept her out of the Lionesses’ UEFA Nations League matches in November.

But Williamson made a gradual return to playing. She made her return for Arsenal as a substitute on 25 January and then started on 4 February in the Gunners’ defeat to West Ham – although she has yet to play Full 90 minutes.

Williamson led the Lionesses to the Euro 2022 title, but missed last summer’s World Cup, where England lost to Spain in the final, and did not play again for Sarina’s side Wiegman since a 2-0 loss to Australia on April 11.

She suffered an ACL injury eight days later during Arsenal’s Women’s Super League (WSL) match against Manchester United.

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England team

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Hannah Hampton, Khiara Keating

Defenders: Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Alex Greenwood, Maya le Tissier, Esme Morgan, Leah Williamson, Lotte Wubben-Moy

Midfielder : Grace Clinton, Fran Kirby, Jess Park, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh.

Advantages: Rachel Daly, Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly, Beth Mead, Alessia Russo.