Simone Magill of Everton has been included in Northern Ireland’s squad for the games against England and Austria.
Northern Ireland’s 23-man team has been announced ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against England and Austria.
Due to injury, the Everton forward missed the team’s 4-0 victory against Luxembourg and Latvia in September.
On October 23, Kenny Shiels’ team will face Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses at Wembley, in what will be England’s first encounter there since a 2-1 loss to Germany in November 2019.
The match takes place eight months after England’s 6-0 friendly victory over Northern Ireland in February.
“Our last encounter (against England) was at St George’s, which was a far less daunting arena, but it was an experience,” Shiels, 65, said before the Wembley contest.
We were short-staffed at the time, but it was a fantastic experience for everyone, and we’re excited to do it again.
“I have a feeling there will be a lot of energy in the room.”
“They’ll want to retain their record in terms of what we’ve accomplished in our last eight games,” says the coach. It’s been really incredible.” Northern Ireland will play Austria, a Euros 2017 semi-finalist, at home after their match against England.
Irene Fuhrmann’s team is currently in second place in Group D, trailing only the Lionesses.
In their first two World Cup qualifying matches, they thrashed Latvia 8-1 and North Macedonia 6-0.
“Austria was beaten on penalties in the semi-finals of the last Euros,” Shiels continued. In the girls’ game, their academy system is the greatest in Europe.
“Over there, they’ve got a terrific process going on.” They will be one of the best teams in the group. They’re going to put a lot of pressure on England.” Birmingham’s Rebecca Holloway, Durham’s Sarah McFadden, Liverpool striker Rachel Furness, and Southampton’s Laura Rafferty and Ciara Watling are among Shiels’ other WSL, Women’s Championship, and National League stars.
And Magill’s return might provide a much-needed lift for Shiels’ team as they prepare for their upcoming games later this month.
Northern overcame Ukraine to qualify for the 2022 Euros, and the Toffees forward, 26, scored the winner in the first leg of the play-off victory.
Last season, the WSL star scored six goals in 16 Premier League appearances for Everton, helping them finish fifth.
Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers), Lauren Wade (Glentoran), Kerry Beattie (Glentoran), Simone Magill (Everton), Kirsty McGuinness (Crusaders Strikers), Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers), Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers), Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers), Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers), Emily Wilson (Crusa (Cliftonville).
Ciara Watling (Southampton), Nadene Caldwell (Glentoran), Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville), Louise McDaniel (Cliftonville), Chloe McCarron (Glentoran), Caragh Hamilton (Glentoran), and Joely Andrews (Glentoran), Rachel Furness (Liverpool), Sarah McFadden (Liverpool), Rachel Furness (Liverpool), Sarah McFadden (Liver (Durham).
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