Football Ferns to play Canada without star defender

Six new gamers have been named within the Football Ferns squad for 2 video games towards Olympic champions Canada later this month.

Abby Erceg, New Zealand, 2019 World Cup

Abby Erceg

However skilled defender Abby Erceg is unavailable her private causes.

Erceg’s North Carolina Courage membership continues to be coping with the fallout following the sacking of coach Paul Riley following allegations of sexual misconduct.

“While we’re sad that Abby is unavailable for this tour, we completely understand her needing to be with her North Carolina Courage team at this time,” stated new Ferns coach Jitka Klimkova.

Amelia Abbott, Aniela Jensen, Ava Collins, Jacqui Hand, Sam Tawharu and Tahlia Herman-Watt are all set to make their debuts.

The Canada tour additionally indicators a return for Hannah Blake and Maggie Jenkins, who made their debuts in November 2017 towards Thailand. All eight play within the US faculty system.

Centurion Rosie White, who has returned to coaching at her US membership OL Reign, has been named within the squad, after lacking the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games due to sickness.

Due to MIQ concerns, gamers primarily based in Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia had been unavailable for choice for the tour.

While the worldwide scenario has due to this fact posed some challenges for choosing her first Football Ferns squad, Klimková is not fazed.

“This is the start of our preparations for 2023 – where we want to be broadening our player base and looking at who could be in the frame for our home World Cup,” she says.

“While we couldn’t select some players due to quarantine requirements on their return to New Zealand and Australia, this has opened up opportunities for others. I’m really pleased to be able to give more players the chance to come into the Ferns environment, and see if they’re ready to make that step up into senior international football.”

The return of Rosie White and the expertise she brings along with her may even be useful, says Klimková.

“We’re particularly happy that Rosie is accessible for choice once more. Obviously it was very powerful for her to miss out on the Olympic Games, and we’re happy to find a way to draw on her expertise going into the collection towards the Olympic champions.

Football coach Jitka Klimkova

Jitka Klimkova

Various the Britain-based Ferns return to camp on effective runs of kind. Ria Percival has twice been named within the Barclays FAWSL crew of the week thus far this season, whereas her membership Tottenham Hotspur go into the worldwide break third within the Women’s Super League.

Meikayla Moore’s Liverpool FC have equally began the season strongly, going into the worldwide break second on the FA Women’s Championship desk as they chase promotion.

North of the border, Olivia Chance has scored three targets and notched up three assists in her first season with Celtic FC, who’re third within the Scottish Women’s Premier League on objective distinction.

The squad additionally sees one other member of the Young Football Ferns facet that gained bronze on the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup begin to stake a declare to the senior Football Ferns shirt, as midfielder Amelia Abbott joins capped Ferns Anna Leat, Gabi Rennie and Maggie Jenkins. Fellow camp newcomer Aniela Jensen was on standby for that historic squad.

Klimková is happy to be beginning to combine extra gamers from that marketing campaign into the squad.

“Whether you have one cap or a hundred caps, this is an opportunity for these young players to start to come in and test themselves against the older players. Being in this camp, preparing to play and playing against the Olympic champions will challenge these players.”

22-player Football Ferns squad: Player, membership, caps, targets

Victoria Esson, Avaldsnes IL, 3/0

Anna Leat, West Ham United, 5/0

Erin Nayler, Unattached, 73/0

CJ Bott, Vålerenga, 27/1

Katie Bowen, KC, 73/3

Tahlia Herman-Watt, Arizona State University, 0/0*

Meikayla Moore, Liverpool FC, 44/3

Ali Riley, Orlando Pride, 137/1

Amelia Abbott, University of Texas, 0/0*

Hannah Blake, University of Michigan, 2/0

Daisy Cleverley, Georgetown University, 12/2

Betsy Hassett, Stjarnan, 123/13

Aniela Jensen, University of the Pacific, 0/0*

Ria Percival, Tottenham Hotspur, 153/14

Emma Rolston, Arna-Bjørnar, 6/6

Olivia Chance, Celtic FC, 22/1

Ava Collins, St John’s University, 0/0*

Jacqui Hand, Colorado College, 0/0*

Maggie Jenkins, University of Central Florida, 1/0

Gabi Rennie, Indiana University, 3/1

Sam Tawharu, University of Iowa, 0/0*

Rosie White, OL Reign, 109/24

*Debut Football Ferns squad

Game dates vs Canada

24 October, 8:00 am (NZT), Ottawa, Ontario (TD Place)

27 October, 12.30 pm (NZT), Montreal, Quebec (Stade Saputo)

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