Ford Football Ferns head coach Jitka Klimková has named her 23-person squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. The side sees 10 players make their FIFA Women’s World Cup debut at home in Aotearoa New Zealand. The full squad is:Elizabeth Anton (18/0) Perth Glory, Australia*CJ Bott (37/2) Leicester City, EnglandKatie Bowen (92/3) UnattachedClaudia Bunge (20/0) Melbourne Victory, Australia*Olivia Chance (43/2) Celtic, ScotlandMilly Clegg (2/0) Unattached*Daisy Cleverley (31/2) HB Køge, DenmarkVictoria Esson (14/0) Rangers, ScotlandMichaela Foster (4/0) Unattached*Jacqui Hand (12/1) Åland United, Finland* Betsy Hassett (143/13) Stjarnan, IcelandGrace Jale (17/2) Unattached*Anna Leat (9/0) Aston Villa, England*Annalie Longo (127/15) UnattachedErin Nayler (84/0) IFK Norrköping, SwedenRia Percival (161/15) Tottenham Hotspur, EnglandGabi Rennie (24/2) Arizona State University, USA*Ali Riley (152/2) Angel City, USAIndiah-Paige Riley (7/0) Unattached* Paige Satchell (42/2) UnattachedMalia Steinmetz (18/0) Unattached*Rebekah Stott (89/4) Brighton & Hove Albion, EnglandHannah Wilkinson (113/28) Melbourne City, Australia*FIFA Women’s World Cup debutIn addition to the 23 players named, Ava Collins, Meikayla Moore and Kate Taylor will join as training partners for the tournament. Speaking on her team selection, Klimková was proud of the work of all the extended squad during the two-month selection process:“Firstly, I want to acknowledge all 38 players who have been involved in our training programme leading into the tournament, especially the final group who were part of the process until this week. They are all valued members of the Football Ferns whānau, they should feel proud to represent the best footballers in Aotearoa and have given us some very challenging selection decisions to make. “Congratulations to our final 23 players selected. I have absolute faith they will give everything for our team and the country come July. “I believe we have selected a good balance of youth and experience across the squad, from the 10 players making their debuts to other members of the group who have appeared at multiple FIFA Women’s World Cups.“With the extra motivation and excitement surrounding the event on home soil, we now need the country to get behind the team as we look to inspire our nation and deliver one of our best ever performances at a FIFA Women’s World Cup.”The Ford Football Ferns are next in action in Napier on 10 July against Vietnam, the team’s last public game before kicking off the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 at Eden Park on 20 July against Norway.
Article added: Friday 30 June 2023
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