England captain Leah Williamson has been ruled out of the upcoming friendlies against the United States and the Czech Republic after picking up an injury in training.
Nikita Parris and Lotte Wubben-Moy have been called up in place of Williamson and Lucy Parker.
Parker picked up the injury at West Ham in the League Cup on Sunday.
“Williamson will leave the club and return to Arsenal for rehabilitation,” the Football Association said.
Manchester United striker Alessia Russo as well He retired from the team on Monday.
Manchester United striker Parris, who has scored 17 goals in 69 appearances for England, and Arsenal centre-back Wubben-Moy, who has eight caps for the Lions, were both in coach Sarina Wiegman’s squad that won the Women’s European Championship this summer.
“Leah is a great leader and of course we will miss her,” England forward Chloe Kelly said.
“We have so much depth on our team and so much strength. There are a lot of great leaders with experience, so it’s all about coming together when you lose a player like Leah.”
The Lions host world champions USA at Wembley on Friday before playing the Czech Republic in Brighton on October 11.
The original Lions will be honored at Wembley
Members of England’s 1972 inaugural squad took part in a Lions training session on Tuesday.
The team will be recognized at Wembley As part of the senior team’s 50th anniversary, more than 100 former internationals are expected to attend and receive their England caps.
England’s first official women’s match was on November 18, 1972, when the team beat Scotland 3-2 in a friendly in Greenock.
Pat Davies was among the former players who attended the training session and spoke of his excitement at receiving a cap for much of the past.
“It’s finally happening. It’s fantastic and I’m really excited. It’s been pretty tough but we’ve finally got it,” said Davies.
The FA said it had committed to providing the former players with custom-made caps during England’s victorious Euro 2022 campaign in July.