Lotte Wubben-Moy has been called up for Sarina Wiegman’s international squad ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. With a recent incline in game time for Arsenal, will this summer be the Arsenal defender’s chance to receive many well deserved minutes?
This will be the defender's first senior World Cup and her second major tournament with the Lionesses after last summer’s European Championships success.
Following Arsenal and England teammate Leah Williamson’s recent ACL injury, Wubben-Moy has stepped up to many more minutes in the Women’s Super League. Making crucial tackles and recovery runs at the back has helped Arsenal to secure European football for next year. Alongside Jen Beattie, the two have provided a sturdy backline to see out the season in a comfortable third place position.
For England, it appears Wiegman has shown little trust in Lotte’s abilities, as her game time has been fairly minimal. However, with the recent squad injuries and Wubben-Moy’s impressive form for her club, there is no reason for the England manager to leave her on the bench.
It’s what the 23 year old does away from the pitch that sets her aside from other defenders, and that is using her voice and position in the squad for change.
Following the success of the Lionesses last summer, Wubben-Moy became the inspiration behind the letter to the Government, which urged the Prime Minister to give every girl in the nation the chance to follow in their footsteps through access to football in PE lessons:
“While I am the driving force I think it was something that every single player on that team agreed with”.
As well as this, the England defender is an ambassador for Gillette’s Venus, as part of their #MoveYourSkin campaign to overcome major barriers for women in sport.
With many other projects, alongside her impressive playing career, to advocate for women’s football, having Lotte Wubben-Moy in England’s squad is extremely exciting for this summer.
Would you have Wubben-Moy in your starting XI?