Manager Says 15 Goal United Star’s Form Is “Hard To Ignore” As He Gives His Backing For England Call Up

Manager Says 15 Goal United Star’s Form Is “Hard To Ignore” As He Gives His Backing For England Call Up

Manchester United manager Marc Skinner has urged Sarina Wiegman to recall Nikita Parris to the England squad.

The forward scored both goals in the 2-0 win over Brighton at the weekend, taking her total for the season to 15 in all competitions, and Skinner says the 29-year-old has done all she can to earn herself a call-up.

“Nikita has shown all the qualities of a true No9. Even when she plays on the side, she gets into the positions of a No9. She is in one of the best veins of form in her life. Her runs are perfect.”

“I hope she gets rewarded for that if Sarina and her team think it’s right at this moment. It’s got to be hard to ignore.”

Parris has struggled for goals since returning to the WSL

After being prolific during her time with Manchester City and Lyon, things didn’t work out for her at Arsenal when she moved back to England for a club-record fee in 2021.

Parris left the Gunners after just one season, joining United where she has gradually begun to rediscover her scoring touch, hitting the back of the net 9 times last year, before striking a purple patch this campaign.

The United star has not been capped for the Lionesses since 2022

While the striker regularly featured for her country over a six-year period, following her international debut in 2016, she hasn’t been capped for over 18 months.

Parris was included in the England squad for the European Championships in 2022 but she received her last call-up in September the same year. After scoring 15 times in 17 appearances, though, England boss Wiegman will undoubtedly be pondering whether to bring her back in from the cold for the games against Austria and Italy later this month.

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David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.