The Republic of Ireland have announced a 23-player squad for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Manager Vera Paw has selected 14 players from the top two tiers of women’s football in England, including a Women’s Super League selection in goal, led by Everton’s Courtney Brosnan with Reading and Brighton’s Grace Moloney and Megan Walsh respectively. , also selected.
Liverpool’s Niamh Fahey is the big name in defending Paw next door; Louise Quinn, Diane Caldwell, Megan Connolly, Chloe Musraki and Izzy Atkinson from Birmingham City, Reading, Brighton, Bristol City and West Ham respectively.
Florida State Seminoles’ Heather Payne, Shamrock Rovers’ Aine O’Gorman and Celtic’s Claire O’Riordan are also named on defense.
Arsenal’s Katie McCabe headlines the midfield selection alongside Aston Villa’s Ruesha Littlejohn, Lily Agg and Lucy Quin, London City Lionesses and Birmingham City respectively, with Hearts’ Ciara Grant also included in the squad.
McCabe will also serve as the team’s captain throughout the tournament, following an impressive campaign in which she scored four goals for club and country, including a 74th-minute comeback winner against Manchester City in their 2-0 clash. the WSL in April.
Denise O’Sullivan and Sinead Farrelly, who respectively play for North Carolina Courage and NJ/NY Gotham FC in the US NWSL, have also been named in Paw’s midfield lineup.
London City Lionesses’ Kyra Carusa spearheads the Ireland attack along with Standard Liege’s Amber Barrett, Shamrock’s Abbie Larkin and Washington Spirit’s Marissa Sheva.
Paw has also named Birmingham City’s Harriet Scott and Jamie Finn, plus Lewes’ Sophie Whitehouse, as training players, in case of injury before the official FIFA player list deadline of 10 July.
The Republic of Ireland kick off their first Women’s World Cup on Thursday 20 July when they take on tournament co-hosts Australia at Stadium Australia, Sydney at 11am UK time live on ITV1 at the United Kingdom.
Ireland then take on Canada on Wednesday July 26 in Perth at 1:00pm UK time on ITV1 in the UK, before taking on Nigeria in their final Pool B match on Monday July 31 at 11:00am UK time live on BBC1 in the UK.
Here is the complete Republic of Ireland squad for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton)
Defending: Heather Payne (Florida State Seminoles), Aine O’Gorman (Shamrock Rovers), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Megan Connolly (Brighton), Chloe Musraki (Bristol City), Izzy Atkinson (West Ham)
Midfield: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Lily Agg (London City Lionees), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Sinead Farrelly (NJ/NY Gotham FC), Lucy Quinn (City of Birmingham)
Forward: Amber Barrett (Standard Liege), Kyra Carusa (London City Lionesses), Abbie Larkin (Shamrock Rovers), Marissa Sheva (Washington Spirit)