This summers FIFA Women’s World Cup will see an abundance of Blues stars featuring and hoping for success with their respective national teams.
The England squad sees four Blues selected; Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Karen Carney and Fran Kirby.
Goalkeeper Telford will be looking to gain more starts under manager Phil Neville after being the only player in the squad to not feature under former Lionesses boss Mark Sampson at Canada 2015. Millie Bright will be returning to competitive tournament football and after having to withdraw from the SheBelieves Cup squad through injury, she can be expected to add more caps to her current tally of 27.
France 2019 will be Karen Carney’s fifth international tournament in an illustrious career spanning 14 years in which she’s amassed 140 England caps and scored 32 goals. As the most senior player in the squad, she will no doubt be a leading figure for the Lionesses and will use her experience to guide the younger players in the squad. Another player who has netted many times for England is forward Fran Kirby, who in her 39 appearances for the senior side has found the back of the net on 12 occasions contributing towards her the title of ‘Mini Messi.’ We can surely expect more goals from The Blues’ star striker.
After working her way through the youth ranks, Korean Republic creative midfielder Ji So-Yun has accumulated 115 international caps and holds the accolade of the youngest-ever scorer for her national team at 15 years and 282
days. The Blues legend will be hoping to add to her 54 international goals and extend her lead as the all-time top scorer for the Taegeuk Ladies.
New Zealand international Ali Riley will captain the Football Ferns this summer. The veteran defender will add to her current tally of 127 caps, in a career that has seen her feature at two FIFA Women’s World Cups and two Olympic Games.
Norway have called up two current Blues stars to their squad for France in Maria Thorisdottir and Maren Mjelde while new signing Guro Reiten is also included. Defender Thorisdottir has featured internationally from Under-15 level up to senior level while her defensive counterpart and Norwegian captain Mjelde has become the figurehead of the team amassing more than 100 caps in a highly successful career both for club and country.
Another player that has progressed through the ranks on a journey from the Under-15s is Scottish youngster Erin Cuthbert. The Blues forward has played a key role for her club since making her debut for Chelsea in 2017 and has quickly become a fans’ favourite along the way with her passionate and impressive displays that will help her make a big impact at her first senior FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Bringing our role call of Chelsea’s international stars to a close is Swedish duo Jonna Andersson and Magdalena Eriksson. Both defenders have previously won the 2012 UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship as well as silver medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and they will be hoping to replicate their successes at this summer’s tournament.
Chelsea’s FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 Representatives
England – Carly Telford, Millie Bright, Karen Carney, Fran Kirby
South Korea – Ji So-Yun
New Zealand – Ali Riley
Norway – Maria Thorisdottir, Maren Mjelde, Guro Reiten
Scotland – Erin Cuthbert
Sweden – Jonna Andersson, Magda Eriksson
By Marnie Kelly (@mk_marnie)