Above: Wales head coach Gemma Grainger, who today announced her squad that she hopes will take her team towards a World Cup spot. Image: FAW.
Gemma Grainger has announced a 26-player squad for her side’s key 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Slovenia.
Four points in the two matches will guarantee Cymru’s place in the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time, and the head coach will head into the international window with a near full-strength side. Jess Fishlock and Charlie Estcourt return to the squad after being rested for June’s friendly match against New Zealand, while Esther Morgan and Hannah Cain are absentees as they continue their recovery from long-term injuries.
Cymru will first travel to Greece on Friday 2nd September (KO 18:00), before a final qualifier match against Slovenia on Tuesday 6th September at the Cardiff City Stadium (KO 19:45). The match in Cardiff is already a record breaker with more than 8,500 tickets sold, beating the current attendance for a Cymru Women’s home international match (5,455). Grainger and her side are hoping to welcome more than 10,000 to the ground as the noise of The Red Wall will play a key role in getting the side through to the play-offs.
Tickets for the match against Slovenia start at only £2 (group bookings) and £4 (individual bookings) for kids, available at faw.cymru/tickets
CYMRU SQUAD FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS AGAINST GREECE AND SLOVENIA:
Laura O’SULLIVAN (Cardiff City Ladies), Olivia CLARK (Bristol City), Safia MIDDLETON-PATEL (Manchester United), Rhiannon ROBERTS (Liverpool), Josie GREEN (Leicester City), Hayley LADD (Manchester United), Gemma EVANS (Reading), Rachel ROWE (Reading), Lily WOODHAM (Reading), Sophie INGLE (Chelsea), Anna FILBEY (Crystal Palace), Angharad JAMES (Tottenham Hotspur), Georgia WALTERS (Sheffield United), Charlie ESTCOURT (Unattached), Jess FISHLOCK (OL Reign), Carrie JONES (Leicester City – on loan from Manchester United), Ffion MORGAN (Bristol City), Megan WYNNE (Southampton), Elise HUGHES (Crystal Palace), Kayleigh GREEN (Brighton & Hove Albion), Helen WARD (Watford), Natasha HARDING (Aston Villa), Ceri HOLLAND (Liverpool), Maria FRANCIS-JONES (Sheffield United – dual agreement with Manchester City), Chloe WILLIAMS (Blackburn Rovers – dual agreement with Manchester United), Morgan ROGERS (Watford).