The international break in women’s football rolls around again, and once more the Royals are heavily represented, with no fewer than ten Reading FC Women on duty for their respective nations.
Defender Emma Mitchell once again represents Scotland as they take on Portugal and Finland in UEFA European qualifying. The Scotland squad travel to the Estádio do Restelo, Lisbon on Friday 27th November, before hosting Finland at Easter Road on Tuesday 1st December. Scotland sit in 3rd place in Group E, just a single point behind Portugal in 2nd.
Once again, Wales are heavily represented, as Royals quintet Natasha Harding, Rachel Rowe, Jess Fishlock, Lily Woodham and Angharad James make the squad as Wales take on Belarus at Rodney Parade on December 1st.
Last international break, Wales defeated Faroe Islands 4-0 in Group C, with three of the goals coming from Reading players, including a goal on her international debut from Lily Woodham. This time out, Wales – who sit in 2nd place in behind the already-qualified Norwegians – take on Belarus, who are currently 4th, with two wins and three losses.
Wales cannot win Group C or qualify for the final tournament as one of the best runners-up, but can still qualify for the play-offs.
Reading’s number one Grace Moloney will be part of the Republic of Ireland squad that host Germany at the Tallaght Stadium in Dublin, in Group I action. Republic of Ireland sit just behind leaders Germany, who have already qualified. Republic of Ireland can still qualify for the final tournament as one of the best runners-up.
The nine UEFA Women’s Euro group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs where they are drawn into three ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last three qualified teams.
Finally, England Under-19’s are also represented by three young Royals, as Sophie Quirk, Emma Harries and Rhiannon Stewart embark on international camp for the young Lionesses between 23rd – 30th November.
Reading FC Women are next in action on December 6th when they take on Bristol City at Madejski Stadium in their first home match since the 1-1 draw with Manchester City on October 18th.