WIRRAL-BORN Chelsea defender Niamh Charles has been withdrawn from the England squad for their upcoming European Championship qualifiers due to a calf injury.

The 24-year-old was selected by Sarina Wiegman for the Lionesses’ qualifying matches against France - with the first taking place at St. James’ Park on Friday before the reverse fixture in Saint-Etienne next Tuesday - but has now been withdrawn from the camp.

Both Charles and Southampton’s Rendell will continue to be assessed ahead of England’s July qualifiers, while it was earlier announced that Arsenal defender Lotte Wubben-Moy will miss out on both games against France as she recovers from a foot injury.

All 26 players – including standbys Lucy Thomas, Missy Bo Kearns and Jessica Naz – arrived for duty at St George’s Park on Monday ahead of England’s upcoming Euro 2025 qualifiers.

The defending European champions will first face group A3 leaders France at St James’ Park on May 31, followed by the return meeting on June 5.

The Lionesses are second in the group after their first two qualifiers, a draw with Sweden and a victory over the Republic of Ireland.