No less than eight members of Reading FC Women have been selected to represent their countries in the forthcoming batch of World Cup qualifiers, as the road to France 2019 begins!
And half of those will be wearing the three lions – for the first time, we have four senior England internationals as Reading representatives.
Jade Moore, Jo Potter, Fara Williams and Mary Earps could each be involved for the Lionesses at Prenton Park on Tuesday 19th September – Russia are the first set of visitors in Group 1 as the qualification pool stage begins in Tranmere.
But before then, Rachel Furness will pull on a Northern Ireland jersey for a pair of qualifiers – they begin their Group 3 campaign with a visit to the Fredrickstad Stadion in Norway on Friday 15th September, before returning home to host the Republic of Ireland at Mourneview Park in Lurgan on Tuesday 19th September.
There, Furness could line up on the opposite side of the teamsheet to Royals teammate Harriet Scott, who links up with the Ireland squad for their single fixture in this international window.
Lastly, there are two representatives for Wales’ opening Group 1 game – Rachel Rowe is joined by Charlie Estcourt (the latter is currently on loan with Bristol City) as the pair jet out to Astana to meet Kazakhstan on Sunday 17th September.
Away from the World Cup qualifiers, Anna Green is also in action for the Kiwis – New Zealand are currently touring the USA, where they will play a double-header of fixtures of the reigned World Cup holders. Denver will host the first fixture on Saturday 16th, before the second friendly fixture in Cincinnati on Wednesday 20th.
And finally, Royals development squad goalkeeper Georgia Valentine has also been called up to England’s Under-19s, and will attend a five-day training camp at St George’s Park.