Alessia Russo STARTS for England ahead of Rachel Daly as Sarina Wiegman’s side begin their World Cup campaign against debutants Haiti today
Alessia Russo will start over Rachel Daly for England‘s opening World Cup clash against Haiti.
Sarina Wiegman has faced many tough calls for her starting eleven, but has opted to start Russo over Aston Villa’s Daly.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a remarkable campaign for Manchester United last season, which earned her a move to Arsenal this summer.
United were hoping Russo would choose to sign a new contract after the club qualified for the Champions League and offered to make her their highest paid player.
Meanwhile, Chloe Kelly – who scored England’s winner against Germany in the Euros 2022 final – has also received the nod in attack along with fellow Manchester City team-mate Lauren Hemp.
Millie Bright will captain the Lionesses at the back. The Chelsea defender has had her injury issues over the last few months, but was declared fit to start the clash with the World Cup debutants.
Bright will partner Chelsea team-mate Jess Carter in defence, while Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood will operate at fullback.
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