Above: Wales are back together for the first time in 2022. Photo: Lewis Mitchell/YCPD
Gemma Grainger has announced a 26-player squad for the 2022 Pinatar Cup which takes place in the small town of San Pedro del Pinatar in Spain from next week.
Wales has entered the tournament for the first time and will face Scotland in the opening match on Wednesday 16th February. The tournament is a knockout format, but placement matches will guarantee three fixtures for every team.
Wales’ second match will be against either Belgium or Slovakia, on Saturday 19th February, before a third match against either Russia, Poland, Republic of Ireland, or Hungary on Tuesday 22nd February.
Grainger will look to build on the momentum of a strong start to the 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign where Wales currently sit second in their group behind France.
Sophie Ingle, Jess Fishlock, and Tash Harding are among the regulars selected for the Pinatar Cup squad, while Rachel Rowe returns after having missed matches in the October and November international windows due to injury.
There may be milestones to celebrate during the tournament, with Helen Ward and Laura O’Sullivan on 97 and 49 caps respectively.
Following the Pinatar Cup, Wales will return to World Cup qualifying action when they welcome France to Parc y Scarlets on Friday 8th April. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 16th February, starting at only £2 (group bookings) and £4 (individual bookings) for children, available at www.faw.cymru/tickets.
Wales Pinatar Cup Squad:
Laura O’Sullivan (Cardiff City Ladies), Olivia Clark (Coventry United), Poppy Soper (Dual registration with Plymouth Argyle), Rhiannon Roberts (Liverpool), Esther Morgan (Leicester City – On loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Hayley Ladd (Manchester United), Gemma Evans (Reading), Morgan Rogers (Watford – On loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Rachel Rowe (Reading), Lily Woodham (Reading), Sophie Ingle (Chelsea), Anna Filbey (Charlton Athletic), Angharad James (Orlando Pride), Josie Green (Tottenham Hotspur), Charlie Estcourt (Coventry United), Jess Fishlock (OL Reign), Carrie Jones (Manchester United), Ffion Morgan (Bristol City), Megan Wynne (Charlton Athletic), Elise Hughes (Charlton Athletic), Kayleigh Green (Brighton & Hove Albion), Helen Ward (Watford), Natasha Harding (Reading), Ceri Holland (Liverpool), Chloe Williams (Blackburn Rovers – On loan from Manchester United), Georgia Walters (Sheffield United).