Jess Park replaces Fran Kirby in England squad for Japan and Norway matches

Jess Park has been called up to the England squad for this month’s friendlies with Japan and Norway.

The 21-year-old forward, who is on loan at Everton from Manchester City, replaces Chelsea’s Fran Kirby in Sarina Wiegman’s 25-player squad.

Kirby has a viral infection and will remain with her club to complete her recovery.

Kirby had been named in the initial squad on Tuesday despite missing four of Chelsea’s last five games.

Head coach Wiegman said at the time: “She’s being assessed right now and then hopefully she’ll progress this week and she’s ready to come in for camp.”

Wiegman’s squad will travel to Spain next week to take on Japan and Norway in Murcia.

The European champions face Japan on November 11 and Norway four days later.

Fran Kirby in action for England (John Walton/PA).
Fran Kirby has been suffering with a viral infection (John Walton/PA).

Chelsea general manager Paul Green spoke about Kirby on Friday afternoon, stressing the need for patience.

“We’ve just got to give her the time to recover,” Green said at a press conference ahead of the Women’s Super League trip to Manchester United on Sunday.

“She seems to be struggling to shake off this viral infection. She did come back into training last week and obviously came off the bench in the Vllaznia game (an 8-0 Champions League win last Wednesday), then trained Friday, had some symptoms overnight and hasn’t trained since.

“I think we’ve just got to be patient until she’s really been clear of these symptoms, and hopefully that’ll be during the international break, that it will give her a good window to get healthy and then we’ll see her coming back into the squad.

“Hopefully for the Tottenham game at Stamford Bridge (on November 20), in an ideal world, but we just have to be patient and see how she recovers during the next week or so.”