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Women: Algarve Cup

Wales 2014 World CupJarmo Matikainen has named the women's squad for the Algarve Cup.

This is an annual invitation tournament held in Portugal that brings-together senior women's teams from all over Europe and beyond. Wales has been invited to participate on a regular basis over the last ten years. The team will play three group matches and then a final positional game between the 6th - 13th March.

Wales group matches are:

06.03.13. v Portugal (VRS Antonio)
08.03.13. v Mexico (VRS Antonio)
11.03.13. v Hungary (Quarteira)

This followed by
13.03.13. Positional Match (Venue to be confirmed).

In last year's competition, Wales defeated Portugal and Hungary as well as drawing with the Republic of Ireland. In their final positional game, they were defeated by Norway.

The matches will be in preparation for the next FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying matches. This season, Wales completed the matches in the Women's Euro's with defeat to Scotland. Away friendly games have been played since against the Netherlands (lost 0-2) and Greece (won 3-0).

Wales squad:
Nicola Davies (Chelsea)
Rhian Nokes (Cardiff City Ladies)
Kylie Davies (Chelsea)
Lauren Hancock (Cardiff City FC)
Carys Hawkins (Sunnana SK)
Hayley Ladd (Coventry)
Danielle Oates (Blackburn)
Lauren Price (Cardiff City FC)
Nicola Cousins (Cardiff City Ladies)
Loren Dykes (Bristol Academy)
Jessica Fishlock (Seattle Reign FC)
Michelle Green (Cardiff City Ladies)
Sophie Ingle (Chelsea)
Angharad James (Bristol Academy)
Rachel Hignett (Bristol Academy)
Sarah Wiltshire (Watford)
Megan Wynne (Watford)
Natasha Harding (Bristol Academy)
Shan Jones (Caernarfon)
Nadia Lawrence (Cardiff City Ladies)
Helen Ward (Lander) (Chelsea)

One further player will be added to the squad.

Players on stand by:
Alice Evans (Cardiff City Ladies)
Gemma Jackson (Blackburn)
Kayleigh Green (Cardiff City Ladies)
Lauren Townsend (Cardiff City Ladies)
Stephanie Turner (Cardiff Met.Ladies)
Helen Bleazard (Chelsea)
Josie Green (Watford)
Rachel Rowe (Cardiff City FC)

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Posted: Monday 25th February 2013
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