Jess Fishlock celebrates after Lyon's 4-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona. Pic: Jess Fishlock/instagram

Jess Gets A Rest As Ludlow Names 20-Strong Wales Squad For NZ Test

Jess Fishlock has been rested following her Champions League heroics as Wales manager Jayne Ludlow names a 20-player squad to face New Zealand on Tuesday June 4.

Fishlock, who helped Lyon beat Barcelona 4-1 in Budapest at the weekend, and Angharad James have been given a break by Ludlow after an intense period for their clubs and country this season.

The game is the final match before the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 qualification campaign gets underway.

Head coach Ludlow has made five changes to the side that played out a goalless draw against the Czech Republic in April giving an opportunity to several of the squad’s younger players.

Georgia Evans returns to Wales duty for the first time since 2017 while Ludlow has also selected the uncapped Lily Woodham. The defender started in all three of the U19s’ 2019 European qualifying round matches last October.

The match will be taking place at Leckwith Stadium in Cardiff with the hopes of again surpassing the 2,168-attendance record for a friendly match set in April’s match against the Czech Republic.

Ludlow’s side will be facing a strong New Zealand side who will be competing in this year’s Women’s World Cup which kicks off three days after the match.

Tickets for the game are still available and can be purchased at

Laura O’SULLIVAN (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Olivia CLARK (Nettleham Ladies FC), Sophie INGLE (Chelsea FC Women), Hayley LADD (Birmingham City Women FC), Loren DYKES (Bristol City Women FC), Gemma EVANS (Bristol City Women FC), Rhiannon ROBERTS (Liverpool FC Women), Lily WOODHAM (Reading FC Women), Natasha HARDING (Reading FC Women), Chloe LLOYD (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Anna FILBEY (Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC), Kylie NOLAN (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Charlie ESTCOURT (Reading FC Women), Elise HUGHES (Everton Ladies FC), Emma JONES (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Megan WYNNE (Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC), Helen WARD (Watford FC Ladies), Kayleigh GREEN (Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC), Ella POWELL (Georgia State University), Georgia EVANS (Yeovil Town Ladies FC)

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