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RFC Women International Round-up: Where on Earth are they?

23 February 2017

Eight of the Women's squad have received the call to represent their countires on the international stage...

Eight of the Reading FC Women squad have received the call for international duty in the last few days, and will be travelling around the globe to represent their nations ahead of the clubs’ season opener on the 19th March vs Manchester City in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Royals’ goalkeeper Mary Earps has earned her third call-up to the England senior squad, who will be travelling to the United States to compete in the 2017 She Believes Cup.

The 23-year-old will be part of a squad that will take part in three big international matches over the space of a week, starting with a meeting with France on the 1st of March in Pennsylvania. This will be followed up by a clash with World Champions USA in New Jersey three days later, and culminating in a tie with European Champions Germany in Washington on March the 7th.

Reading’s Molly Bartrip will also be representing the Lionesses, but at youth level, with the 20-year-old defender representing the England U23s as they head to Spain to take part in the La Manga Tournament. Bartrip, who captained the England U20s last autumn, will be facing USA and Sweden U23s in Spain on the 2nd and 4th of March respectively. It will be an exciting test for the Young Lionesses who will look to pick up some positive results against top opposition.

The Royals Dutch international Mandy Van Den Berg has again received the call for her county as they make the journey to Portugal to compete in the Algarve Cup.
The Dutch international captain, who has over 70 appearances for her country, will compete in Group C as the Dutch face Australia China and Sweden between the 1st and the 8th of March in an attempt to progress to the next round of the tournament.      

Harriet Scott has received her first international call-up for the Republic of Ireland senior squad. Scott, 24, has been called up be new manager Colin Bell for the 2017 Cyprus Cup.

The defender, who has spent 15 years with the Royals, has previous experience in U17s and U19s squads, including an U17 World Cup and European Championship, but has never previously been selected for a senior squad. Her Republic of Ireland side will be facing Czech Republic, Hungary and Wales between the 1st and the 8th of March in Group C.

Elsewhere in Group C there will be three other Reading players representing their country on the international stage. Charlie Estcourt, Rachel Rowe and Melissa Fletcher have all received the call for Wales, and could potentially face Royals teammate Harriet Scott in Cyprus on the 6th of March when Wales and the Republic of Ireland go toe to toe.

Royals’ Anna Green will also be competing in the Cyprus Cup for her native New Zealand. The 26-year-old Kiwi has represented her country in two World Cup’s and three Olympic Tournaments during an impressive international career to date. The Football Ferns will face South Korea, Austria and Scotland in Group B as they look to qualify for the next phase of the tournament.

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