Riise this morning named a 20-player squad for the friendly against Northern Ireland at St. George’s Park on February 23.
Experienced stars Steph Houghton, Lucy Bronze, Ellen White and Jill Scott, who could win her 150th cap against Northern Ireland, are all part of the Norwegian’s first squad although there is no place for the likes of Carly Telford, Beth Mead and Nikita Parris, who were all regulars under former coach Phil Neville.
Riise confirmed that Lyon winger Parris would have been involved in the squad were it not for Covid restrictions and the French club’s reluctance to release her, but said her scouting reports of Arsenal’s Mead had not been positive.
Young prospects Wubben-Moy, Hannah Hampton, Sandy MacIver and Ella Toone will all be hoping to make their debuts in England’s first fixture for around a year, as they continue to prepare for a three-year period which includes the Tokyo Olympics, Women’s European Championship on home soil and the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Riise was appointed after Neville stepped down to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami last month and will definitely be involved in the Team GB coaching set up at next summer’s Games as coach or assistant coach.
New England boss Sarina Weigman will take charge in September after the Games.