England: Should Ebony Salmon have a place in Sarina Wiegman's squad?

England's Ebony Salmon

Beth Mead, Chloe Kelly, Leah Williamson, Mary Earps. The members of England’s Euro 2022 winning squad are now household names, known and celebrated for their heroics at Wembley on July 31st.

The Lionesses made history as they defeated Germany 2-1, earning England’s first major title since the men’s team triumphed at the 1966 World Cup.

While manager Sarina Wiegman made all the right decisions with her 23-player squad, there will be the players on the fringes who will have felt they too could have made an impact at Euro 2022.

Steph Houghton, Lucy Staniforth, Sandy MacIver, Niamh Charles and Katie Zelem all missed out after making the 28-strong provisional squad, while women’s football fans lamented the absence of Tottenham Hotspur’s Ashleigh Neville and Molly Bartrip.

Ebony Salmon was another player in contention after making her England debut in February 2021. She has not featured since, and in fairness, most fans considered the 21-year-old too inexperienced to take to Euro 2022.

But Salmon has recently been proving her credentials for Houston Dash in the NWSL, and her goal-scoring record could soon be too impressive for Wiegman to ignore.

Should Ebony Salmon be in the England squad?

Salmon was first called up to the England squad when she was playing for Bristol City in the Women’s Super League.

Her team may have been relegated that season, but Salmon still managed to impress, scoring six goals in 20 appearances.

Her performances earned her a transfer to Racing Louisville in the NWSL. The young star started off well, yet again scoring a team-leading six goals in 20 appearances.

But things went downhill during the striker’s second season at the club, something which will have certainly influenced Wiegman’s decision to leave her out of the Lionesses squad.

Ebony Salmon at Bristol City

Everything changed when Houston Dash acquired Salmon in June.

With Nichelle Prince and Rachel Daly away on international duty, she has spearheaded the Dash attack, hitting the back of the net six times in her last three games.

This includes a hat-trick against Chicago Red Stars, which saw Salmon named NWSL Player of the Month for July, and two goals against OL Reign on Sunday.

Her performances have propelled Houston Dash into a play-off position, with the side currently sitting third behind San Diego Wave and Portland Thorns.

With Daly earning a transfer to Aston Villa in the WSL, Salmon has surely now cemented a starting spot in the Houston Dash line-up.

If she continues to score for fun in one of the best leagues in the world, more England caps will be coming her way.

Who would Ebony Salmon replace in the England squad?

This is the dilemma for Wiegman. She has a squad which just won the European Championship – who does she drop to make room for Salmon?

England brought three strikers to Euro 2022 – Ellen White, Alessia Russo and Beth England.

Russo made a name for herself as a super substitute, scoring four goals during the tournament. This included her remarkable back-heel during the semi-final win against Spain, which was later named goal of the tournament.

It’s fair to say that Russo will certainly be staying in the squad, but what about White and England?

Alessia Russo and Ellen White

White, the Lionesses all-time top goalscorer, hit the back of the net twice during Euro 2022. The 33-year-old brings experience to the squad, but perhaps Wiegman will want to bring in more youthful vigour before the World Cup next year.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old England did not play a single minute at Euro 2022.

This is likely due to a lack of game time for her domestic club – the presence of Sam Kerr and Pernille Harder meant she did not start often for Chelsea last season.

If her situation remains the same time, and Salmon continues to impress over in the NWSL, England could well find her place in the Lionesses squad at threat.

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