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First Ireland Call-Ups For Man Utd Centre-Back And Washington Midfielder

First Ireland Call-Ups For Man Utd Centre-Back And Washington Midfielder
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Vera Pauw has named her Ireland squad for a training camp in Spain and a friendly against AFC Women’s Asian Cup winner China PR on February 22nd in Cadiz.

There are first-time call-ups for Manchester United centre-back Aoife Mannion and Washington Spirit midfielder Marissa Sheva both of whom recently received FIFA international clearance.

Mannion, who represented England at underage level, has roots in Connacht through her mother who hails from Mayo and her father from Galway. Sheva has connections with Tyrone through her grandfather and Donegal through her grandmother.

Ruesha Littlejohn, Megan Connolly and Heather Payne all return to the squad after missing last November’s 4-0 win over Morocco.

Durham WFC goalkeeper Naoisha McAloon and Glasgow City defender Claire Walsh are brought in following impressive spells at club level.


Injuries rule out Niamh Fahey, Savannah McCarthy, Chloe Mustaki, Ellen Molloy, Jess Ziu, Aoife Colvill and Leanne Kiernan.

The squad will assemble in Spain on Monday, February 13th to begin the training camp as their preparations for the 2023 World Cup ramp up.


WNT squad to play China

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Grace Moloney (Reading), Naoisha McAloon (Durham WFC)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Claire Walsh (Glasgow City), Megan Campbell (Liverpool), Áine O’Gorman (Shamrock Rovers), Aoife Mannion (Manchester United)

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Isibeal Atkinson (West Ham United)


Forwards: Amber Barrett (Potsdam Turbine), Heather Payne (Florida State University), Kyra Carusa (London City Lionesses), Abbie Larkin (Shamrock Rovers), Marissa Sheva (Washington Spirit)

See Also: Here's The Ireland Team To Do The Business On Home Soil At Euro 2028


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