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Ireland Women’s coach Colin Bell names squad for Iceland friendly




Republic of Ireland Women’s team head coach Colin Bell has named the squad for the international friendly against Iceland.

Ireland face Iceland at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday June 8 as they begin preparations for the 2019 Women’s World Cup qualification campaign which will start against Northern Ireland in September.

Peamount United forward Heather Payne, who starred for the WU17s side in the recent European Championships, has received her first call-up as well as UCD Waves forward Dearbhaile Beirne.

Shelbourne Ladies midfield duo Alex Kavanagh and Roma McLaughlin have been promoted to the senior squad from the WU19s squad whilst Cork City goalkeeper Amanda Budden also comes into the squad as five Continental Tyres Women’s National League teams are represented.

Defender Louise Quinn recently moved to Arsenal and scored a brace of headers in yesterday’s 4-2 win over Birmingham City in the Women’s Super League whilst Diane Caldwell is set to line out in the German DFB Pokal Final for SC Sand on Saturday ahead of linking up with the squad.

“The next two internationals against Iceland and Scotland in July will be crucial in our preparations for the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign,” Colin Bell said.

“No single place in the squad is guaranteed and I want to assess as many options as possible ahead of the start of the qualification campaign. It will be a difficult game as Iceland have qualified for the European Championships but I want to see us to continue to build momentum towards September.”

Republic of Ireland WNT Squad v Iceland

Goalkeepers: Marie Hourihan (Manchester City), Emma Byrne (Brighton and Hove Albion), Amanda Budden (Cork City WFC)

Defenders: Louise Quinn (Arsenal), Diane Caldwell (SC Sand), Harriet Scott (Reading), Megan Campbell (Manchester City), Niamh Fahey (Chelsea), Sophie Perry (Brighton and Hove Albion)

Midfielders: Denise O’Sullivan (Houston Dash), Megan Connolly (Florida State University), Alex Kavanagh (Shelbourne Ladies), Roma McLaughlin (Shelbourne Ladies), Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Stephanie Roche (Sunderland), Karen Duggan (UCD Waves)

Strikers: Heather Payne (Peamount United), Dearbhaile Beirne (UCD Waves), Claire O’Riordan (Wexford Youths), Aine O’Gorman (UCD Waves)

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