Wales Women’s squad for Italy test

Jess Fishlock and Loren Dykes. (Photo: Will Cheshire)

Wales manager Jayne Ludlow has recalled Loren Dykes and Jess Fishlock as part of the 24-player squad to face Italy on Tuesday 22 January in Cesena, reports

Fishlock and Dykes join up with regulars Sophie Ingle, Natasha Harding and Angharad James as they continue with preparations for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 qualifying campaign. They will look to inspire some of the younger squad members, as Ludlow has named four uncapped players and eight players under the age of 21.

Despite being named in the squad for the training camp, Kayleigh Green will be suspended for the match after being sent off in the side’s goalless draw against Portugal in November. Meanwhile Hayley Ladd would win her 50th cap if she takes part.

Ludlow’s side will see the match as a tough test against an Italian side that will be taking part in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which Wales narrowly missed out on qualifying for. The sides last faced each other in March 2018 in the Cyprus Cup, where a brace for Cristiana Girelli and a late goal for Greta Adami gave the Azzurri a 3-0 win.

Wales squad: Laura O’Sullivan (Cardiff City LFC), Claire Skinner (Cardiff City FC), Sophie Ingle (Chelsea), Hayley Ladd (Birmingham City), Loren Dykes (Bristol City), Megan Wynne (Tottenham Hotspur), Gemma Evans (Bristol City), Ffion Morgan (Cardiff City LFC), Nadia Lawrence (Cardiff City LFC), Rhiannon Roberts (Liverpool), Charlie Estcourt (Reading), Cori Williams (Cardiff City LFC), Natasha Harding (Reading), Anna Filbey (Tottenham Hotspur), Angharad James (Everton), Elise Hughes (Everton), Jess Fishlock (Lyon – on loan from Seattle Reign) Kayleigh Green (Brighton & Hove Albion), Gwen Davies (Cardiff City LFC), Kylie Nolan (Cardiff City LFC), Ella Powell (Georgia State University), Helen Ward (Watford), Emma Jones (Cardiff City LFC), Grace Horrell (Cardiff City LFC)

The match (KO 5pm GMT) will be available to watch live through the FAW’s social media channels in conjunction with the Italian FA.

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