Sophie Ingle set for 100th Wales cap in crucial #WEURO2022 qualifier

Sophie Ingle back in Wales squad
Photo: Will Cheshire

Wales return to action tonight with a crucial UEFA Women’s EURO qualifying group game away to Norway.

The hosts have won all four of their games ahead of the 5pm (UK time) kick off at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo, while Wales are also unbeaten but have twice been held by Northern Ireland.

Wales, who have not played since a 2-0 friendly win over Estonia in March, are boosted by the return of Jess Fishlock from injury, while Sophie Ingle is set to earn her 100th cap, joining Fishlock and Loren Dykes in that achievement.

Wales head coach Jayne Ludlow
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Looking ahead to the match, head coach Jayne Ludlow told faw.cymru:

“We’ve had a lot more time than usual to look at games in detail and the players that we’re going to come up against, together with the different systems and structures, so in a way it’s been positive as it’s allowed us to prepare in a slightly different way.

“It’s a big test as they have strength all through the team. We have to prepare for any areas that could cause us a problem, but also areas that we can exploit as well. Whatever team we are preparing for we respect the opposition and prepare as best we can. It’s proven that they score goals for fun, so we have to make sure our defensive structure and organisation is good. That’s something that we pride ourselves on, but we need to create opportunities as well and we need to find ways to be able to do that.”

With Ingle set for a landmark appearance, Ludlow commented: “First and foremost she’s our leader and she’s our captain, She’s part of an experienced group of leaders that we have who work very well together. But there’s so much more potential with her. Every time she steps onto the pitch with Wales we hope that we can help her increase her levels even higher. If she does that, she has a massive part to play in getting the results we need over the next few months.”

You can catch the game live on BBC Two Wales, the Red Button, or via the BBC Sport website.

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