April's Internationals: Which Reds may play and when?
Manchester United Women are top of the Women's Super League and into the FA Cup semi-finals as the April international break arrives, with many Reds set to feature for their respective nations.
Below, you can find a full breakdown of who has been selected and when they could be in action – as many as 12 games could feature our stars between this Thursday and next Wednesday…
Canadian duo of Adriana Leon and Jayde Riviere have both been called up by their nation for next Tuesday’s friendly against France in Le Mans. Riviere missed out on the first international break that she was eligible to be called up for as a United player in February due to injury but will go away with her compatriot Leon this time, after gaining fitness in recent weeks. She is yet to make her Reds debut, having joined the club in January, but has been in the matchday squad for our last two outings: against West Ham and Brighton.
While 11 of the 12 fixtures that our Reds could feature in during this break are friendlies, there is one exception, with a trophy at stake for our Lionesses quartet. Alessia Russo, Ella Toone, Mary Earps and Maya Le Tissier could all be involved in the first-ever UEFA-CONMEBOL Women’s Finalissima. It will see the Euro 2022 winners go up against the Copa America Femenina champions Brazil at a sold-out Wembley Stadium on Thursday. After that, Sarina Wiegman’s side have a friendly lined up against Australia at the Brentford Community Stadium on Tuesday 11 April.
Estelle Cascarino is in contention to go up against the Canada squad featuring two of her United team-mates – Leon and Riviere – in next Tuesday’s friendly. Before then, however, Les Bleus will take on Colombia in Clermont-Ferrand, as their preparations for this summer’s World Cup continue.
With Lisa Naalsund and Maria Thorisdottir both on the sidelines, Vilde Boe Risa is the sole United representative in the latest Norway squad. This month, Boe Risa and co will be on the road, as they travel to Spain and Sweden for fixtures against the host countries. Those matches are set to take place on 6 and 11 April, respectively.
Aoife Mannion made her Republic of Ireland debut during the last international break and could add to that inaugural cap during a series of two friendlies against the current world champions: the United States. The Girls in Green will face the USA in Texas on Saturday before heading north east to Missouri for a second meeting against the same opponent, in the early hours of Wednesday morning (UK time).
United have two players in April’s Scotland squad, as Kirsty Hanson – on loan with Aston Villa – reunites with Reds forward Martha Thomas on international duty. Our duo have friendly matches against Australia on Friday - in London - and at home to Costa Rica waiting for them. The latter of these fixtures takes place at Hampden Park on Tuesday 11 April.
There are four Reds in the Wales group for this month’s games at home to Northern Ireland and away to Portugal. Carrie Jones and Chloe Williams – on loan at Leicester City and Blackburn Rovers, respectively – are included alongside fellow Reds Hayley Ladd and Safia Middleton-Patel for the pair of upcoming fixtures. They are set to play the home-nations clash with Northern Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium this Thursday, before a trip to the Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques – home of Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes – for their second outing next Tuesday.
DAY-BY-DAY FIXTURE GUIDE
THURSDAY 6 APRIL
Spain v NORWAY (17:00)
WALES v Northern Ireland (19:15)
ENGLAND v Brazil (19:45)
FRIDAY 7 APRIL
Australia v SCOTLAND (13:15)
FRANCE v Colombia (20:10)
SATURDAY 8 APRIL
United States v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (19:30)
TUESDAY 11 APRIL
Portugal v WALES (17:30)
Sweden v NORWAY (17:30)
SCOTLAND v Costa Rica (19:35)
ENGLAND v Australia (19:45)
FRANCE v CANADA (20:10)
WEDNESDAY 12 APRIL
United States v REPUBLIC OF IRELAND (00:30)
All times listed in BST.