Which Reds are on international duty this month?
Up to 12 of Marc Skinner’s Reds could play senior international football for their respective nations in the month of October.
For our Scottish and Welsh Reds, all eyes are on the World Cup play-offs, while for our stars that have already helped their countries reach next year’s tournament, important preparation matches await.
Find out who has been called up and when they could be in action, below…
Summer signing Adriana Leon has joined up with the Canada squad for their international friendlies with Argentina and Morocco in Spain. The forward’s nation booked their place at the World Cup by virtue of being runners-up at the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Leon scored three goals in two matches against Australia during the last break and will he hoping to continue her fine form in the fixtures on 6 and 10 October respectively.
United are represented four times in the latest Lionesses squad, with Mary Earps, Nikita Parris, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem all a part of Sarina Wiegman’s group. Parris was a late replacement for club team-mate Alessia Russo who has had to withdraw having picked up a small injury. The European champions are set to face current World Cup holders the United States at a sold-out Wembley on Friday, before heading to Brighton to take on the Czech Republic four days later – both games are friendlies.
We’ll be keeping a close eye on France’s action over the next week or so with defender Aissatou Tounkara among Les Bleus’ party that is set for intriguing friendly tests versus Sweden and, first, Germany. That contest on Friday will be a rematch of the Euro 2022 semi-final in Milton Keynes, when the German side triumphed 2-1. Sweden also reached the last-four of the competition and will no doubt provide stern opposition for Tounkara and co.
Wishing you a speedy recovery, @alessiarusso7 ❤️🩹— Lionesses (@Lionesses) October 3, 2022
Both Kirsty Hanson, currently on loan at Aston Villa, and Martha Thomas have been called up by Scotland for their World Cup play-off match against Austria at Hampden Park on Thursday. Thomas netted during her nation’s last outing against the Faroe Islands and is rejoined in the squad by club team-mate Kirsty Hanson, who has started both of the Villans’ opening two matches of the new WSL term. A triumph over Austria would set up a final with the Republic of Ireland next Tuesday, at the same ground, with a place in Australia and New Zealand next summer up for grabs.
There are four United players in the Wales squad for a historic camp, as Hayley Ladd is selected alongside young Reds Carrie Jones (on loan at Leicester City), Chloe Williams (on loan at Blackburn Rovers) and Safia Middleton-Patel. Cymru have never been in the World Cup play-offs before and will take on Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday at the Cardiff City Stadium, in front of what is set to be a record-breaking crowd. A victory would see them advance to a final of their own, where they would play Switzerland in Zurich at the weekend.
THURSDAY 6 OCTOBER
Argentina v Canada (18:30 BST)
Wales v Bosnia and Herzegovina (19:15 BST)
Scotland v Austria (19:35 BST)
FRIDAY 7 OCTOBER
Germany v France (19:30 BST)
England v USA (20:00 BST)
MONDAY 10 OCTOBER
Canada v Morocco (15:30 BST)
TUESDAY 11 OCTOBER
Sweden v France (17:30 BST)
Switzerland v Wales/Bosnia and Herzegovina (18:00 BST)*
Scotland/Austria v Republic of Ireland (19:35 BST)*
England v Czech Republic (20:00 BST)
*Subject to our Reds’ nations progressing to their respective World Cup play-off finals.