England WU19s heading to Limerick for UEFA qualifying group

Gemma Davies takes charge of England WU19
Gemma Davies leads England’s bid to qualify for the WU19Euros. (Photo: Morgan Harlow / Shekicks.net uses pictures provided by Getty Images)

England will face Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Switzerland in Limerick in the UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship qualifiers starting next week.

Head Coach Gemma Davies told englandfootball.com: “It will be a privilege to lead an England squad for the first time and I am really looking forward to the group showing what they are capable of over the three matches.

“Sarina Wiegman has shown with the seniors that she will give young players a chance. Our U19s should see this as an opportunity to develop as England players on and off the pitch and first and foremost enjoy the experience of representing their country.

“We want to qualify for the next round, not only with the finals in mind but also to ensure we can get more quality matches.”

The Young Lionesses will start against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday 20 October (7pm), before taking on Northern Ireland three days later at 2pm, finishing on Tuesday 26 October (1pm) versus Switzerland, with the top three teams progressing to the second round next year.

Ultimately, from the 52 countries that entered overall, seven teams will qualify for the eight-nation finals in the Czech Republic to be played between 27 June and 9 July, with the hosts also taking part.

England WU19 squad

Goalkeepers: Khiara Keating (AFC Fylde, loan from Manchester City), Eleanor Heeps (Blackburn Rovers, loan from Tottenham Hotspur)

Defenders: Teyah Goldie (Arsenal), Olivia McLoughlin (Aston Villa), Jorja Fox (Chelsea), Caitlin Smith (Clemson University), Lucy Parry (Liverpool), Ruby Mace (Manchester City), Tara Bourne (Sheffield United, loan from Manchester United)

Midfielders: Laura Brown (Aston Villa), Maisie Symonds (Brighton & Hove Albion), Mia Ross (Charlton Athletic), Charlotte Wardlaw (Liverpool, loan from Chelsea), Grace Clinton (Everton), Lucia Kendall (Southampton)

Forwards: Alex Hennessy (Arsenal), Freya Gregory (Aston Villa), Missy Goodwin (Aston Villa), Aggie Beever-Jones (Bristol City, loan from Chelsea), Lucy Watson (Sheffield United)

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