International call-ups for several Reds

Friday 26 August 2022 15:12

15 members of the Manchester United Women's team have been selected to represent their nations at senior level during the upcoming international break.

The Reds will link up with their national sides from Sunday 28 August, playing two fixtures before returning to kick off the new WSL season on 10 September, away to Tottenham Hotspur.

Ahead of the matches, here’s a handy breakdown of which United Women have been called up, and when their fixtures will be played…


Summer signing Adriana Leon has been named in the Canada squad that will face Australia in a two-match series next month. 

The games will be played Down Under on Saturday 3 September (05:45 BST) and Tuesday 6 September (10:40 BST).


Mary Earps, Nikita Parris, Alessia Russo, Ella Toone and Katie Zelem will link up with the Lionesses at St George’s Park on Sunday 28 August to begin their training camp, ahead of travelling to face Austria on Saturday 3 September.

The World Cup qualifier sees Sarina Wiegman’s side – who sit atop Group D – face their second-placed hosts in each side’s ninth match of the qualifying campaign.

Following this clash, the Lionesses return to England to host Luxembourg at the Bet365 Stadium on Tuesday 6 September in their second and final match of the international break.

Having won their last five World Cup qualifiers, and coming off the back of their Euro 2022 triumph, Wiegman’s side will be confident that they can continue their rich vein of form and come away with two positive results. Our Reds will certainly hope to contribute to that.


New Reds centre-back Aissatou Tounkara has been named in the France squad for September’s internationals against Estonia and Greece. 

Tounkara and co have already secured top spot in their World Cup qualifying group but can still finish the campaign with a perfect record. 

Les Bleues head to Estonia on 2 September (16:00 BST) before rounding off the term on home soil against Greece four days later (19:45 BST).


The Netherlands’ 26-player squad includes United’s Jackie Groenen for their two matches in the upcoming break. 

After a friendly with Martha Thomas’s Scotland in Zwolle on Friday 2 September, Groenen’s nation will get set for winner-takes-all World Cup qualifier at home to Iceland on the Tuesday that follows.

A win or a draw for Jackie and co will see them advance to the global tournament, while a defeat will mean that they will have to settle for a play-off place, in their quest for qualification.



Reds’ striker Martha Thomas has been named in the Scotland squad for the upcoming clashes against the Netherlands and Faroe Islands, and will link up with her national team-mates in Amsterdam on Monday 29 August.

Unlike the England squad, Pedro Losa’s side will play both of their fixtures away from home, with the first being the Dutch friendly in Zwolle on Friday 2 September.

Following this contest, Scotland will play one Women’s World Cup qualifier, taking on Faroe Islands on Tuesday 6 September at the Torsvollur Stadium in Torshavn.

Losa’s team currently sit second in qualification Group B, behind leaders Spain, and will be eager to get a positive result against the group’s bottom side.


Ona Batlle and summer arrival Lucia Garcia have been selected for the Spain squad ahead of their qualifiers against Hungary and Ukraine.

The fixtures, which will both take place on home soil at the Pabellon de la Ciudad del Futbol 1, are scheduled for 20:00 BST kick-offs on Friday 2 September and Tuesday 6 September respectively.

Jorge Vilda's side currently top Group B in the UEFA section of qualification and have already guaranteed their spot in the 2023 tournament, but they will be looking for positive results in the upcoming international break to maintain their 100 per cent record in the campaign, having won all six of their matches without conceding so far.



Gemma Grainger’s squad for the upcoming qualifiers against Greece and Slovenia features two members of Marc Skinner’s Reds, and two of our loanees.

Hayley Ladd, Safia Middleton-Patel, Carrie Jones and Chloe Williams have all been named to represent Wales, and will join their training camp on Sunday 28 August.

First up for Grainger’s team is a trip to the Panthessaliko Stadio in Volos on 2 September to face Greece. Just three points separate the sides in Group I, giving this fixture huge significance for both nations.

Following this clash, Wales host Slovenia at the Cardiff City Stadium on 6 September, concluding their international break.



Estonia v France (16:00 BST)

Greece v Wales (18:00 BST)

Netherlands v Scotland (19:00 BST)

Spain v Hungary (20:00 BST)


Australia v Canada (05:45 BST)

Austria v England (16:30 BST) 


Australia v Canada (10:40 BST)

Faroe Islands v Scotland (18:00 BST)

England v Luxembourg (19:30 BST)

France v Greece (19:45 BST)

Netherlands v Iceland (19:45 BST)

Wales v Slovenia (19:45 BST)

Spain v Ukraine (20:00 BST)