Euro winner Hannah Hampton dropped by England for her attitude

Hannah Hampton, a member of the Euro 2022 winning England squad, was dropped by Sarina Wiegman due to her behavior and attitude at the squad camps, the Guardian understands.

The 21-year-old Aston Villa keeper hasn’t been called up by Wiegman since the European Championship, where she came on as a substitute alongside Ellie Roebuck for Mary Earps, and is unlikely to be selected again under this English manager.

Hampton has not featured for Villa since September 25 and was left out of the squad for Sunday’s defeat at Chelsea. She watched from the stands even though manager Carla Ward said Hampton had been asked to stay home.

Multiple sources have told the Guardian that Hampton has caused problems with his behavior and attitude at England’s age-group teams and at club level. Representatives of the Football Association, Villa and Hampton declined to comment.

Ahead of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Luxembourg in September, Wiegman said Hampton was out because “she has personal issues that she needs to work out, so for her at the moment it’s it is better that she stays in her club”. Hampton was also omitted for the October friendlies against the United States and the Czech Republic and will not be included in Wiegman’s Tuesday namesake squad for the November games against Japan and Norway in Spain.

Hampton started the first two games of this season for Villa, the club she joined from Birmingham in July 2021, then had a spell due to an unspecified injury. Ward said Hampton was fit to play against Chelsea and had omitted it “in the best interest of the team”.

Hampton went to Kingsmeadow and posted a picture of the stands with the caption ‘let’s go as a team’ and ‘utv’ (Up the Villa). Ward said after the match: “Hannah was available. Something happened yesterday, and we decided it was in the best interest of the team for her to stay home, so I did just that. That’s all I really want to say on the subject.

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“I made the decision in the best interest of the team to leave it and I left it. I would probably prefer to talk about the 11 who were here.

Hampton received a first senior international call-up in February 2020 for the SheBelieves Cup, when Phil Neville was manager. She made her senior England debut on February 20 this year, starting a Draw 0-0 with Spain at the Arnold Clark Cup, the friendly tournament organized to help prepare the Lionesses for the European Championship.

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