Grainger Names Strong Squad For Qualifiers

Ben Gilby heard Wales head coach Gemma Grainger announce Wales’ squad for their World Cup qualifiers.

Above: Wales head coach Gemma Grainger. Photo: FAW.

Gemma Grainger has announced a 26-player squad for Wales’ key 2023 World Cup qualifiers against France and Kazakhstan.

Wales go into the international window with an almost full-strength squad to choose from. Josie Green returns to the side after missing the Pinatar Cup in February through injury, however Esther Morgan and Hannah Cain both miss out due to injury.

Wales will face France in Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli on Friday 8th April before heading to Nur-Sultan to face Kazakhstan on Tuesday 12th April.

Helen Ward and Tash Harding are in line to earn their 100th Welsh caps over the two
matches, with the players sitting on 99 and 98 caps respectively.

Grainger will look to build on her side’s momentum in the World Cup qualifying campaign. Wales sit in second place, a play-off spot, in the group with four games remaining. So far in the campaign, the Welsh have won four matches, drawn one, and lost one, scoring 17 goals and only conceding three in the process.

For the match against group leaders France at Parc y Scarlets, Llanelli on Friday 8 April,
tickets start at only £2 (group bookings) and £4 (individual bookings) for kids, available at www.faw.cymru/tickets. Over 3,000 tickets have been sold so far, which puts Wales on target to beat their record home attendance in history.

Wales Squad: Laura O’SULLIVAN (Cardiff City Ladies), Olivia CLARK (Coventry United), Poppy SOPER (Plymouth Argyle – On loan from Chelsea), Rhiannon ROBERTS (Liverpool), Josie GREEN (Tottenham Hotspur), Hayley LADD (Manchester United), Gemma EVANS (Reading), Rachel ROWE (Reading), Lily WOODHAM (Reading), Sophie INGLE (Chelsea), Anna FILBEY (Charlton Athletic), Angharad JAMES (Orlando Pride), Chloe WILLIAMS (Manchester United), 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 BULL
(Bristol City), Georgia WALTERS (Sheffield United), Morgan ROGERS (Watford- On loan from Tottenham Hotspur).

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