Reading FC Women players headed to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023

Reading FC Women in action Photo: Neil Graham
Reading FC Women in action Photo: Neil Graham

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The Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 is set to kick off from the 20th July to the 20th August. The Reading Women squad is rich with internationals and we’re set to see five of them feature on the world stage this summer.

Canada

Deanne Rose spent much of the 2022/23 season out injured with a knee injury but featured in the final two games and as a result has been called up to the national team.

10 goals in 73 international appearances. 1 Algarve Cup, 2016, three Olympic medals (bronze, 2012 & 2016 & gold, 2021).

Deanne Rose. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com
Deanne Rose. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Group stage fixtures

Thursday 21st July – Nigeria v Canada (3:30am, BBC)
Wednesday 26th July – Canada v Republic of Ireland (1pm, ITV)
Monday 31st July – Canada v Australia (11am, BBC)

Denmark

Sanne Troelsgaard has spent 15 years as a Red & White where she sits in a more 10 role, Kelly Chambers experimented with this in the 2022/23 season which is probably why she ended up joint top-goalscorer with four for the season.

55 goals in 174 international appearances.

Sanne Troelsgaard. Photo: Neil Graham.
Sanne Troelsgaard. Photo: Neil Graham.

Group stage fixtures

Friday 22nd July – Denmark v China (1pm, BBC)
Friday 28th July – England v Denmark (9:30am, BBC)
Tuesday 1st August – Haiti v Denmark (12pm, ITV)

Norway

Amalie Eikeland picked up the Manager’s Player and Player’s Player for the 2022/23 season and she’ll be headed to Australia with The Grasshoppers.

3 goals in 36 international appearances. 1 Algarve Cup, 2019.

Amalie Eikeland. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com
Amalie Eikeland. Photo: Neil Graham / ngsportsphotography.com

Group stage fixtures

Wednesday 20th July – New Zealand v Norway (8am, BBC)
Tuesday 25th July – Switzerland v Norway (9am, ITV)
Sunday 30th July – Norway v Philippines (8am, BBC)

Republic of Ireland

Diane Caldwell has been a stalwart of the Irish team, if not a little out of favour recently, but she’s back named and head to New Zealand with The Girls in Green.

3 goals in 95 international appearances.

Reading FC Women's Diane Caldwell. Photo: Neil Graham.
Reading FC Women’s Diane Caldwell. Photo: Neil Graham.

Grace Moloney signed a senior contract with Reading in 2009 and bar a short spell at Aston Villa has been there ever since. She’s made sparing appearances for The Girls in Green but remains at the core of selection.

6 international appearances.

Reading FC Women goalkeeper Grace Moloney. Photo: Neil Graham.
Reading FC Women goalkeeper Grace Moloney. Photo: Neil Graham.

Group stage fixtures

Wednesday 20th July – Australia v Republic of Ireland (11am, ITV)
Wednesday 26th July – Canada v Republic of Ireland (1pm, ITV)
Monday 31st July – Republic of Ireland v Nigeria (11am, BBC)

Royals missing out

Justine Vanhaevermaet of Belgium, Lauren Wade of Northern Ireland and Gemma Evans, Lily Woodham & Rachel Rowe of Wales.

Gemma Evans and Justine Vanhaevermaet of Reading FC Women Photo: Neil Graham
Gemma Evans and Justine Vanhaevermaet of Reading FC Women Photo: Neil Graham

Not technically a Royal anymore but Emma Mukandi’s Scotland will also not appear on the world stage.

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