Hannah Hampton, a member of England’s victorious Euro 2022 squad, has been dropped by Sarina Wiegman because of her behaviour and attitude at the team’s camps, the Guardian understands.
The 21-year-old Aston Villa goalkeeper has not been called up by Wiegman since the Euros, where she deputised alongside Ellie Roebuck for Mary Earps, and is unlikely to be selected again under this England manager.
Hampton has not played for Villa since 25 September and was left out of the squad for Sunday’s game at Chelsea. She watched from the stands even though the manager, Carla Ward, has said Hampton was told to stay at home.
Multiple sources have told the Guardian that Hampton has caused problems with her behaviour and attitude in England age-group teams and at club level. The Football Association, Villa and Hampton’s representatives declined to comment.
Before England’s World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Luxembourg in September, Wiegman said Hampton was absent because “she has some personal issues that she has to solve so for her at this moment it’s better for her to stay at her club”. Hampton was also omitted for October’s friendlies against the USA and the Czech Republic and will not be included on Tuesday in the squad Wiegman names for games in November against Japan and Norway in Spain.
Hampton started the first two games of this season for Villa, whom she joined from Birmingham in July 2021, and then had a spell out because of an unspecified injury. Ward said Hampton was fit to play against Chelsea and that she omitted her “in the best interests of the team”.
Hampton travelled to Kingsmeadow and posted a photo from the stands with the caption “let’s go 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 interests of the team for her to stay at home so I did exactly that. That’s all I really want to say on the matter.
“I made the decision in the best interests of the team to leave her home and I left her home. I would probably prefer to talk about the 11 who were here.”
Hampton received a first senior international call in February 2020 for the SheBelieves Cup, when Phil Neville was the manager. She made her senior England debut on 20 February this year, starting a 0-0 draw with Spain in the Arnold Clark Cup, the friendly tournament organised to help prepare the Lionesses for the Euros.
West Ham have contacted police and social media companies regarding “a number of racist and abusive messages” sent to their defender Hawa Cissoko after last Saturday’s 2-1 WSL win at Aston Villa.
Cissoko was sent off after an altercation with Villa’s Sarah Mayling and tweeted later that day: “It’s lucky that not much affects me! Because some nonsense and (very aggressive) insults are flying around!”
West Ham said: “While we in no way condone Hawa’s actions on the pitch, for which she has apologised, everyone at the club is disgusted by the hateful content of the online messages subsequently sent to her. They have been passed directly to the police and reported to the relevant social media companies. There is no place for this in society and we condemn it unreservedly.”
Cissoko apologised on Twitter on Thursday for the behaviour that led to her red card, saying there was “no excuse”, and wrote: “In contrast to those finding pleasure in sending me abusive and hateful messages, a massive thank you to those who have sent me words of support.” She also tweeted: “What do my origins, my skin colour and my physique have to do with this story?”
Villa’s manager, Carla Ward, described online abuse aimed at Cissoko and Mayling as “horrific” and “absolutely unacceptable”. She said: “They’re both human beings, good human beings at that. They’ve been involved in an altercation that’s happened in a highly charged and emotional game and I’m sure they’re both very sorry for the incident that happened. But neither of them, nobody, deserves to have to go through what they went through in terms of that online abuse.”
Cissoko could face an extra ban after she was charged by the Football Association over alleged violent conduct after the offence she was sent off for and alleged improper conduct in the technical area.
The FA also charged West Ham’s manager, Paul Konchesky, and Aston Villa’s operations assistant, Jack Hopkins, with improper conduct and both clubs with failing to ensure their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion. Villa said they would contest the charges. West Ham have until Monday to respond.
West Ham stunned an in-form Aston Villa as goals from Dagný Brynjarsdóttir and Honoka Hayashi secured Paul Konchesky’s side a battling three points in a tetchy encounter that boiled over in the closing stages.
Hawa Cissoko was sent off for lashing out at Sarah Mayling and as a melee broke out on the touchline Konchesky was also given his marching orders for clashing with England international Rachel Daly.
A buzz surrounded the Bescot Stadium as Villa fans entered full of anticipation after seeing their side enjoy an unbeaten start to the season. Their eye-catching performances have earned them high praise with both Carla Ward and Daly awarded the most recent manager and player of the month awards.
West Ham, however, arrived determined to disrupt this run of form. Konchesky’s side are a tough outfit to break down partnered with a dangerous attacking threat. They had been dealt a serious injury blow over the international break when they lost the influential Jess Ziu to an ACL injury while their defensive stalwart, Lucy Parker, was also missing.
It was a swashbuckling start from the visitors as they pressed high and found themselves ahead within two minutes. An early Kirsty Smith corner was met by tBrynjarsdóttir at the near post to nod home. Their second came shortly after – a sublime counterattack finished off by Japan international Hayashi from inside the area. It was clinical – two shots, two goals that sent shockwaves through the home side.
With a comfortable lead, the visitors were quite happy to absorb Villa’s pressure. The hosts dominated possession but could not find a cutting edge. Daly came close to a fourth of the season while Anna Patten agonisingly hit the post on the stroke of half-time
West Ham continued to resist wave after wave of attacking pressure in the secnd half as the hosts grew increasingly frustrated .
Mackenzie Arnold tipped Kirsty Hanson’s effort over the bar before Aston Villa were presented with a way back into the game when Daly was pushed to the ground inside the box. Alisha Lehmann stepped up but saw her effort saved by Arnold.
Villa finally pulled one back in the 77th minute when Kenza Dali curled a sweetly struck effort into the top corner. It was the platform Villa needed for an energetic finish. As seven minutes were announced, tensions boiled over. Cissoko hit out at Mayling after a challenge and was sent directly to the changing rooms. A melee then erupted on the bench that saw Konchesky also handed his marching orders.
As the referee restored order, Villa continued to pummel the West Ham box but the visitors withstood the pressure.
Arsenal will not get carried away by derby drubbing
Two games into a new season is no time to try to determine the destination of the Women’s Super League title or who is on track for a Champions League spot. Arsenal will be aware of this and the need to take things game by game having begun last season with a 3-2 win over Chelsea before being pipped to the title by the same team by a single point. So while Arsenal’s 4-0 defeat of Tottenham on Saturday was comprehensive and slick, Jonas Eidevall and his team will not get carried away, especially given how poor the visitors were in front of a record WSL crowd of 47,367. “We didn’t play our game as well as we could have,” said Tottenham’s head coach, Rehanne Skinner. “We were too tentative in the press and that created challenges for us on the ball.” Suzanne Wrack
Villa’s signings give them a new lease of life
Aston Villa’s 2-0 victory at Leicester on Sunday was a history-making moment for the club given it secured them back-to-back wins in the WSL for the first time. New signings have revitalised Carla Ward’s team, none more so than Rachel Daly, whose early penalty was her third goal of the season as she continues to build on her excellent performances for England at the European Championship. Emily Gielnik struck four minutes from time to extinguish any chance of a Leicester comeback. Eight points separated these two sides last year and while the Foxes have lingering defensive issues, Villa march onwards and upwards with a squad that looks ready to take on anyone. Renuka Odedra
United finally look ready for Champions League fight
Manchester United have some heavyweight names in their squad, such as Ella Toone, Katie Zelem and Alessia Russo, but it was two lesser-profile players who shone in their 2-0 victory over West Ham on Sunday. Lucia García, who joined United from Athletic Bilbao in the summer, and Hannah Blundell scored their first goals for the club, highlighting the strength in depth United now have, and especially from a goalscoring point-of-view. It’s a trait that might allow Marc Skinner’s side to break the stronghold of Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal and secure a Champions League place this season. RO
Positives for City but Taylor’s troops still look aimless
Gareth Taylor was pointed in his comments after Manchester City’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea. “Players make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes, and we’ve got to be super-careful that we’re not jumping on it,” he said. “I saw more positive things from the team and I’ve fed that back to them.” He is not wrong, there were positives on Sunday, especially in their first-half performance. However, the visitors struggled for a reaction after conceding the first goal of the game and it quickly became Chelsea’s to lose rather than City’s to win. The big concern for last season’s third-placed side is that they look aimless – either the plan is wrong or it’s not being executed properly. SW
Reading raging again after another controversial call
“If this [officiating] is not addressed, it’s going to start costing managers jobs,” said a furious Kelly Chambers after Reading suffered a 2-1 defeat at Brighton. It was the second week in a row Reading came away from a game feeling hard done by the officials. The controversy in question occurred half an hour into Sunday’s contest, when Deanna Cooper rose to head in a clever free-kick. The assistant’s flag went up, but replays showed the defender was onside. Brighton then took the lead through Lee Geum-min and while Reading dominated the second half they were ultimately left to rue their wastefulness in front of goal, as well as the assistant’s flag. Sophie Downey
Park takes pride of place in Everton’s storming of Anfield
Everton’s summer of change involved a new manager, the exit of nine senior players, five permanent signings and loan deals for several young players including Manchester City’s Jess Park, Chelsea’s Aggie Beever-Jones and Arsenal’s Gio Queiroz. The loan strategy was deliberate, offering valuable playing time to developing players who may need to be patient elsewhere, and paid dividends at Anfield where 20-year-old Park excelled in the 3-0 victory over Liverpool. Brian Sorensen, savouring his first win as Everton manager, said: “When I first talked to the club I had some targets. I wanted young English players like Jess Park and Aggie Beever-Jones and we were lucky to get them. I am so happy for Jess. The way she performed was top.” Andy Hunter