General view before start of the match Everton Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies WSL football match, Merseyrail Community Stadium, Southport, UK - 31 Mar 2019 Photo: Paul Currie for The FA

Everton forward’s injury hell forgotten as World Cup dream remains alive

For 12 months, Everton striker Olivia Chance has been sat on the sidelines but her FIFA Women’s World Cup dream remains alive and kicking with the player having been included in New Zealand’s 23-player squad for the upcoming tournament.

The 25-year-old Tauranga-born forward sustained her devastating injury in a 3-0 defeat at Reading 12 months ago and it wasn’t until earlier this month that the player made her first team return for The Blue Girls.

Chance’s lack of football may have left the player’s place in the New Zealand squad for this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in some doubt. The striker’s dream of being on the plane to France is alive though with New Zealand coach Tom Sermanni having opted to select Chance in his squad for the tournament. The player is joined in the squad by other FA Women’s Super League-based stars in the form of Chelsea’s Ali Riley and Ria Percival of West Ham United.

Everton forward Chance was called into the New Zealand senior squad for the first time in 2011 for the Cyprus Cup and the player made her debut for the Football Ferns against The Netherlands, a match which her nation lost 4-1. Chance has gone on to make 11 appearances for her country at senior level.

Chance has never scored a goal as a senior ‘A’ international and there would be no better opportunity to get off the mark for her country than at a FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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