Spurs Women stars in international action
Fri 11 June 2021, 15:00|Tottenham Hotspur
With the Barclays FA Women’s Super League drawing to a close last month, the start of a busy period has begun for our players on international duty.
Preparations for the Olympics in Tokyo next month are well underway for some and there’s plenty of international friendlies and 2023 FIFA World Cup qualifiers to keep an eye on.
It was a memorable night for Rosella Ayane and Becky Spencer who made their international debuts for Morocco and Jamaica on Thursday.
Forward Ayane led the line for her country as they ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Mali in Morocco. Our number 23 made an immediate impact in the first minute when she slotted coolly past the goalkeeper to open the scoring before claiming an assist to help double Morocco’s advantage.
Goalkeeper Becky Spencer marked her first international cap for Jamaica with a clean sheet in a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Nigeria in Houston.
Meanwhile, captain Shelina Zadorsky has travelled to Spain where Canada are preparing for two international friendlies in three days.
Bev Priestman’s side are set to take on Czech Republic on Friday afternoon followed by Brazil – ranked seventh in the FIFA world rankings – on Monday evening.
Midfielder Ria Percival has joined up with New Zealand as they embark on a training camp in readiness for their Olympic opener against neighbours Australia next month.
Elsewhere, Welsh pair Esther Morgan and Josie Green have been called up to the Wales squad as they prepare to host Scotland in a friendly on home soil on Tuesday 15 June in Cardiff.
It will be the last opportunity for Wales’ newly-appointed Head Coach Gemma Grainger to see her players in action before their qualifying campaign for the 2023 FIFA World Cup gets underway in September.
Here’s the full list of international action involving our players over the next few weeks (all kick-off times are UK)…
Friday 11 June
Shelina Zadorsky – Canada v Czech Republic – kick-off 4pm
Monday 14 June
Becky Spencer – Jamaica v USA – kick-off 3am
Rosella Ayane – Morocco v Mali – kick-off 7pm
Shelina Zadorsky – Brazil v Canada – kick-off 8pm
Tuesday 15 June
Josie Green and Esther Morgan – Wales v Scotland – kick-off 7.15pm
Wednesday 21 July
Shelina Zadorsky – Japan v Canada – kick-off 11.30am
Ria Percival – Australia v New Zealand – kick-off 8.30pm
Saturday 24 July
Shelina Zadorsky – Chile v Canada – kick-off 8.30am
Ria Percival – New Zealand v US – kick-off 8.30pm
Tuesday 27 July
Shelina Zadorsky – Canada v Great Britain – kick-off 12pm
Ria Percival – Sweden v New Zealand – kick-off 9am
Olympics women’s football groups
Group E: Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Chile
Group F: China, Brazil, Zambia, Netherlands
Group G: Sweden, United States, Australia, New Zealand