REPORT: Young England Shot-Stopper Ruled Out Of 2023 World Cup With Injury

REPORT: Young England Shot-Stopper Ruled Out Of 2023 World Cup With Injury

Manchester City and England goalkeeper Sandy MacIver has been ruled out of the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, according to reports [via BBC Sport].

MacIver has had a solid campaign with the Citizens this season, but injuries towards the year’s end have scuppered her chances of travelling to the World Cup in the summer.

MacIver made the decision to miss out on the 2023 World Cup herself – she wants to focus on her injury rehabilitation, rather than taking part in a major tournament that could worsen her condition.

On her injury, MacIver said: “I’ve taken the decision to make myself unavailable for England selection moving forward. My current focus remains on my rehab. I am making great progress and look forward to a fully fit pre-season with City.”

Who will replace Sandy MacIver?

While MacIver was unlikely to be England’s first-choice goalkeeper at the 2023 World Cup – that honour will probably go to Mary Earps – the Lionesses will now need to identify a new backup ‘keeper.

The standout pick would be Ellie Roebuck, who also plays for Manchester City. Additionally, they could also call upon Hannah Hampton, who plays for Aston Villa.

Other England injuries

England have something of an injury crisis ahead of the World Cup. Perhaps their most damaging absence will be Leah Williamson – the Lionesses’ captain was ruled out with an ACL tear back in April.

On top of this, Beth Mead, who was England’s top goalscorer in their last international tournament, could also miss out. While everyone’s fingers are crossed that she will be fit to play, there is yet to be any confirmation regarding her status.

It’s not all bad news, however. Central defender Millie Bright suffered a leg injury in April, but is expected to be fit and ready to partake in the summer’s tournament.