Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly was called in to the England Women’s National Team’s April training camp to play a pair of friendlies, the Football Association announced this morning.
Daly was called in under head coach Hege Riise and will join the Lionesses on Sunday, April 4 before taking on France in Caen on April 9 and hosting Canada in Stoke on April 13.
Daly has earned 36 caps for the Lionesses and scored four goals while splitting time at forward and outside back. She played a key role in England’s semifinal run at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, seeing action in five of their seven matches and starting twice, including in the semifinal against the United States. Most recently, Daly scored her fourth goal for the Lionesses in a friendly vs. Northern Ireland on February 23.
The Harrogate, England native was a crucial piece of the Dash’s first league title in club history, scoring three goals and providing three assists to earn NWSL Challenge Cup MVP and Golden Boot honors in 2020. Of Houston’s eight goals scored in the tournament, Daly played a role in five, including the assist to midfielder Shea Groom for the insurance goal in the final against the Chicago Red Stars.
The assist clinched the Golden Boot for Daly, breaking a tie with Groom and North Carolina Courage forward Lynn Williams, who each scored three goals and had one assist.
The forward concluded her loan to West Ham United FC in the FA Women’s Super League on January 11. Daly, who made her FA WSL debut coming on as a substitute against Tottenham on Sept. 6, scored five goals and tallied four assists in 12 appearances with West Ham.
After capping her successful summer run with Houston as the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup MVP, Daly scored her first WSL goal on Oct. 7, 2020 when West Ham drew Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 before winning the ensuing penalty shootout.