Manchester United skipper withdraws from England camp after positive Covid-19 test

MANCHESTER UNITED’s Katie Zelem has withdrawn from England’s training camp after testing positive for Covid-19.

The Red Devils midfielder will now self-isolate for a ten-day period in line with FA and government protocols. 

The United captain, 24, had received her first England senior call-up earlier this month. 

The FA say they have no plans to bring in another player to replace Zelem at this stage. 

Training had been arranged as part of the Lionesses' preparations for the Women's World Cup in 2023.

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England officials report Lucy Bronze has also had to withdraw from the week-long camp.

The Manchester City full-back picked up a minor knock during her club's scoreless draw against Brighton on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, Everton’s Isobel Christiansen has been called up to Phil Neville’s 30-player squad today. 

The Toffees striker made her senior national debut in a Euro 2017 qualifier when she scored in England’s 8-0 win against Estonia.

Christiansen, 28, received her last cap from Neville, 43, in March last year.

The Macclesfield-born forward was part of the England squad that triumphed in the SheBelieves Cup that month. 

However, an ankle injury and surgery led to Christiansen being ruled out of the Lionesses squad that reached the World Cup semis last summer. 

The former Man City player returned to the women’s top-flight in England after playing for a season with reigning Champions League title holders Olympique Lyonnais. 

And the forward signed an 18-month contract with the Toffees, who are currently second in the Women’s Super League behind Arsenal.

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