With the Spring Series complete, eight first team players from the Reading Women set-up have met up with their countries for international duty.
England | For the first time ever, three Reading Women players have reported for international duty with the England side.
PFA Team of the Year keeper Mary Earps was yesterday named in Mark Sampson’s pre-Euros squad as a fourth training goalkeeper and the 24-year old shot stopper joined new additions Jo Potter and Jade Moore for the camp.
Moore and Potter were named in Sampson’s final Euro squad back in April before the ex-Notts County duo signed for the Royals.
On announcement of Earps’ selection Sampson said, “Mary will be a positive addition to the group both on the training field and around the camp. She has had a fantastic six months, a period in which we have seen her mature into an outstanding goalkeeper. This will be an invaluable experience for her to take her forward in the future.”
The trio met up with the squad on Monday, prior to facing Switzerland away at the Tissot Arena in Biel this Saturday (10th June, 5.15pm kick-off). The Lionesses will then get a week’s rest before meeting up again at St George’s Park on Sunday 18th June.
An intense three weeks will follow including a friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen on 1st July, followed by a week’s hot weather training in Valencia, Spain.
England Under-23s | Molly Bartrip will also wear the England shirt over the next two weeks as she heads to Sweden with the Under-23s for the Nordic Tournament.
The young Lionesses faced the hosts last night before going on to play the USA on Friday night (6pm kick-off) and Norway on Monday evening. Bartrip, who celebrated her 21st birthday earlier this week, will then travel back to the UK on Tuesday.
The Netherlands | It promises to be a big summer for Dutch captain Mandy Van Den Berg, who will see her country host the 2017 European championships.
The 26-year old centre half met up with her ‘OranjeLeeuwinnen’ teammates yesterday for the start of their Euro preparations. Van Den Berg will lead her team against Japan this Friday (kick off 6.30pm) at Rat Verlegh Stadion before taking on Austria next Tuesday.
Wales | Melissa Fletcher and Charlie Estcourt met up with their Welsh teammates on Monday and have already taken part in a training session at Slough Town earlier this week.
The pair will fly to Porto this evening prior to facing Portugal on Thursday at 4pm in the Stadium João Cardoso in Tondela.
Wales will then take on Portugal for a second time on Sunday at 11am, before flying back to the UK that evening. Jayne Ludlow had also selected Rachel Rowe for the camp, however the adaptable midfielder was unfortunately forced to pull out of the camp due to injury.
Republic of Ireland | Defender Harriett Scott travelled to Dunboyne Castle on Monday to meet up with her teammates ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s friendly against Iceland this Thursday, kick off 7:30pm.
After the game at Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium, the 24-year old will be free to travel back to Berkshire on Friday.
Good luck to all the girls whilst away with their countries!