Republic of Ireland women’s squad to play Italy and Wales

Republic of Ireland's Leanne Kiernan returns from injury
Republic of Ireland’s Leanne Kiernan returns from injury. (Alberto Saenz Molina / SPP)

Republic of Ireland’s squad has been finalised for this month’s friendlies away to Italy and home to Wales.

Ireland first face Italy on Friday 24 February (live on RTÉ NewsNow at 5,15pm) and it will be the first international game to be played in Viola Park since the state-of-the-art training complex – which is the home base for ACF Fiorentina – opened in October 2023.

Eileen Gleeson’s side then return to Dublin to host Wales at Tallaght Stadium on Tuesday February 27, with the match live on RTÉ2 at 7.30pm.

The games are part of preparations for the upcoming UEFA EURO 2025 Qualifiers, which kick off in April following the draw on 5 March.

Niamh Fahey, Aoife Mannion, Jess Ziu and Leanne Kiernan all return from long-term injuries, while there is a first call-up for Wake Forest University forward Emily Murphy.


Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (London City Lionesses), Sophie Whitehouse (Lewes)

Defenders: Jessie Stapleton (Reading – on loan from West Ham United), Diane Caldwell (FC Zurich), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Caitlin Hayes (Celtic), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Aoife Mannion (Manchester United), Megan Campbell (London City Lionesses)

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Lily Agg (Birmingham City), Tyler Toland (Blackburn Rovers), Megan Connolly (Bristol City), Ruesha Littlejohn (London City Lionesses), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Heather Payne (Everton), Jess Ziu (West Ham United), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Izzy Atkinson (Crystal Palace)

Forwards: Kyra Carusa (San Diego Wave), Abbie Larkin (Crystal Palace), Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Emily Murphy (Wake Forest University)

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