Bosnia-Herzegovina Women v England Women preview: Fran Kirby and Demi Stokes withdrawn

Fran Kirby and Demi Stokes have withdrawn from the England Women’s squad as they prepare to take on Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.

Forward Kirby has an “ongoing injury concern” according to the FA and has left the camp, while Man City defender Stokes felt unwell following Friday’s goalless draw with Wales.

It leaves manager Phil Neville without the duo for the trip as they look to get back to winning ways in their Women’s World Cup 2019 qualifying campaign.

They currently trail group leaders Wales by a point, although they do have a game in hand, with Bosnia-Herzegovina fourth in the five-team group with three points.

Former Manchester United and Everton defender Neville said he was disappointed with the Wales draw, but is hoping it will spur his side on to victory this week.

“We’ve got to go to Bosnia and earn the right to win the game,” he said. “If we play like we did in the first 20 to 30 minutes we’ll struggle to win that game as well.

“It’s going to be probably even worse in Bosnia. Against Bosnia I wouldn’t have thought they’d have a centre-forward, it will be two lines of five. They will just be camped in. We’ve got to be better in the final third.

“We’ve just got to lick our wounds and just come back again on Tuesday. We’re not going to play any other way. We’re going to play football the way we played in the second half. There was a confidence to our play, but it was just that final bit.”