New Wales manager Gemma Grainger has handed a first call up to Reading defender Bethan Roberts in an otherwise familiar looking squad for matches against Canada and Denmark.
Grainger – who replaced Jayne Ludlow earlier this month – has included Roberts in a 26-woman squad, selected with help from the previous coaching regime.
Roberts earns her first senior call-up, while Liverpool striker Ceri Holland receives her debut full call-up after joining the squad halfway through last month’s training camp.
Holland joins the squad on the back of winning the Championship Player of the Month award for her club in the English FA’s Women’s Championship.
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“With the squad needing submitting only two days into the job, it was really important for me to utilize the existing staff from the February camp to select the squad,” said Grainger.
“We want to play the higher ranked nations and there’s no better test as we look to prepare for the World Cup qualifying campaign and the next four years.”
Century cap holders Jess Fishlock and Sophie Ingle are both included as is Anghard James, who is leaving Reading at the end of the season to join US club North Carolina Courage.
The matches – against Canada at the Leckwith Stadium on April 9 and Denmark four days later at the Cardiff City Stadium – will form preparation for the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign, with the draw taking place on Friday 30 April.
Wales: Laura O’SULLIVAN (Cardiff City Ladies), Olivia CLARK (Coventry United), Poppy SOPER (Plymouth
Argyle), Rhiannon ROBERTS (Liverpool), Gemma EVANS (Bristol City), Maria FRANCIS-JONES (Cardiff City
Ladies), Charlie ESTCOURT (London Bees), Hayley LADD (Manchester United), Josie GREEN (Tottenham
Hotspur), Elise HUGHES (Blackburn Rovers- On loan from Everton), Anna FILBEY (Celtic- On loan from
Tottenham Hotspur), Sophie INGLE (Chelsea), Angharad JAMES (Reading), Jess FISHLOCK (Reading- On loan
from OL Reign), Carrie JONES (Manchester United), Kayleigh GREEN (Brighton & Hove Albion), Natasha
HARDING (Reading), Rachel ROWE (Reading), Helen WARD (Watford), Lily WOODHAM (Reading), Georgia
WALTERS (Blackburn Rovers), Ffion MORGAN (Crystal Palace), Esther MORGAN (Tottenham Hotspur), Ceri
HOLLAND (Liverpool), Bethan ROBERTS (Reading), Kylie NOLAN (Cardiff City Ladies).