‘The door is always open’: Hannah Hampton’s England career is NOT over, insists Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman, as she says Aston Villa goalkeeper’s exile is due to ‘something personal’
- Aston Villa goalkeeper has been dropped by England manager Sarina Wiegman
- It is understood Hannah Hampton has been removed due to attitude problems
- The 21-year-old was also left out of Villa’s squad for their game against Chelsea
- Wiegman has said that the door will be open for Hampton to return to the team
Sarina Wiegman says Hannah Hampton still has ‘personal matters’ to resolve but insists the door is ‘always open’ to a return after the goalkeeper was left out of the England squad for a third successive time.
Hampton was dropped by Wiegman after the Euros over attitude problems and the manager has not spoken to the 21-year-old since.
But the Lionesses boss has not ruled out bringing the shot-stopper back into fold ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Sarina Wiegman has explained why she has dropped Hannah Hampton from the England team
‘I haven’t spoken to her myself, we have made a plan, she’s at her club, she’s taking care of that,’ Wiegman said. ‘We are supporting and that’s where we are right now.
‘It’s the same reason as I said in September, nothing changed. That’s basically what it is.
‘She still has to [sort things out], it’s something personal I would not like to comment on further.
‘The door is always open. When players perform and they perform consistently at club, then they have a chance to make the squad.’
Writing on social media seeking to clarify the situation, Hampton said: ‘I’ve been suffering with an ongoing medical issue for a while and it’s time to address it properly this week with a small procedure.
‘I’ll be out for a few weeks now as I recover with the support of everyone at the club. My priority now is to return to fitness, get back on the pitch and give my all for the team. UTV!’
Wiegman has left the door open for Hampton to return to the England squad in the future
Another absentee from the squad is former England captain Steph Houghton. The Manchester City defender was left out of the Euros squad, with Wiegman insisting she was ‘not ready to compete.’
Wiegman still thinks Houghton has work to do to force her way back into the squad.
‘I had a conversation with her. I think now she’s not ready to compete or ready for us in the squad which obviously she wants,’ Wiegman said.
‘She really needs minutes too, to show and get consistency. We’ll see how it goes. I can’t look into the future, I think at the moment it’s really hard with having the team now, the players she’s competing with and also now, as you’ve seen, we have young players coming in and doing really well too. That is at this moment the situation for her.’
Defender Maya Le Tissier was handed her first call-up to the England squad by Weigman
Wiegman handed first call-ups to Manchester United defender Maya Le Tissier and Brighton forward Katie Robinson while Jordan Nobbs and Niamh Charles were also given re-calls.
‘We have eight months to get prepared for the World Cup,’ Wiegman added.
‘We want to see where the young players are now. Maya has done really well. There are a couple of players that are doing well in their teams and the U23s so this is an opportunity for them to show what they can do in our squad. We think this is really good.’
Meanwhile, Euro 2022 winners Demi Stokes and Jess Carter missed out on selection.
England will play Japan and Norway in friendlies later Spain later this month.
ENGLAND SQUAD IN FULL
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Sandy MacIver, Ellie Roebuck
Defenders: Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Niamh Charles, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Maya Le Tissier, Esme Morgan, Lotte Wubben-Moy
Midfielders: Fran Kirby, Jordan Nobbs, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, Katie Zelem
Forwards: Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris, Alessia Russo, Katie Robinson, Ebony Salmon