How did United Women fare on international duty?

Wednesday 07 September 2022 16:51

Adriana Leon stole the headlines on Tuesday evening, scoring two goals and being awarded Player of the Match as she orchestrated Canada's comeback from a goal behind to defeat Australia 2-1 in a friendly.

This sparkling performance adds to an already impressive week for the attacker, who scored the only goal in another friendly victory over Australia – a 1-0 win on Saturday.

But Leon wasn't the only Red in action for her country this week, as a plethora of other Reds represented their nations in World Cup qualifiers.

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Five Reds were selected to be part of the Lionesses squad for the recent World Cup qualifier against Luxembourg, in which England emphatically won 10-0 at Stoke's Bet365 Stadium.

Mary Earps remained an unused substitute, while Ella Toone and Nikita Parris both played the full 90 minutes. Both Parris and Toone got on the scoresheet against Luxembourg, as did United team-mate Alessia Russo, who played the first 45 minutes of the fixture.

Reds captain Katie Zelem was introduced as a second-half substitute as the Lionesses recorded a perfect record in the World Cup qualifiers, with 10 wins, 80 goals scored and none conceded.

And accolades for our Reds don't stop there, as Toone – who recorded two assists to accompany her goal – was awarded with the Player of the Match award.



Like England, France entered the international break having already qualified for next summer's World Cup.

Our new summer signing Aissatou Tounkara came on as a 44th-minute substitute and helped Les Bleurecord a commanding 5-1 win over Greece to establish their own perfect record in qualifying, with 10 wins, 54 goals scored, conceding just four.



Jackie Groenen played the full 90 minutes of the Netherlands' qualifier against Iceland.

The Oranje needed only a draw to progress to next summer's tournament, but a stoppage-time winner from Esmee Brugts booked the 2017 European champions a spot on the plane to Australia and New Zealand.

The win also ensured that the Netherlands maintained their unbeaten record in qualifying, with six wins and two draws.



Just one Red represented Scotland in the recent internationals, with striker Martha Thomas scoring in a 6-0 win over the Faroe Islands in Group B.

Scotland were already guaranteed a play-off spot, but will have to wait until the draw, which commences on Friday, before they find out their opponents.



While two of Marc Skinner's squad (Ona Batlle and Lucia Garcia) linked up with Spain for Tuesday's qualifier against Ukraine in Madrid, neither featured as the hosts thrashed their visitors 5-0.

Spain had already qualified for the 2023 World Cup coming into this fixture, but the victory ensured they joined England and France in having a perfect record (8 wins, 53 scored and 0 conceded).



Four Welsh Reds were selected for the international break, but only two featured in Tuesday evening's 0-0 draw with Slovenia.

Carrie Jones, who is on loan at Leicester, played the full 90 minutes alongside United midfielder Hayley Ladd.

Academy players Chloe Williams (on loan at Blackburn Rovers) and Safia Middleton-Patel (on loan at Leicester) were both unused substitutes as Wales secured a World Cup play-off spot for the first time in history.

They will find out in the draw on Friday who they will have to overcome to reach the 2023 tournament.