This summer’s FIFA Women’s Women’s World Cup will see nine Manchester City players in total feature for their international teams; England, Scotland and Canada.
All of those players will be hoping for similar success for their respective nations as at their club which saw them win the SSE Women’s FA Cup and FA Women’s Continental League Cup.
England have called up seven Manchester City stars, including captain Steph Houghton who will have set a path to lead the Lionesses to glory. Houghton recently gained her 100th cap in an international friendly against Sweden and has appeared at two UEFA Women’s European Championships, a FIFA Women’s World Cup and for Team GB. She has captained her side to a FIFA Women’s World Cup bronze in 2015 while Houghton was a SheBelieves Cup winner with the Lionesses just three months ago.
The 34-year-old veteran and highly experienced goalkeeper, Karen Bardsley will appear between the sticks for the Lionesses and will be aiming to replicate her impressive displays for Manchester City for her country while midfielder Jill Scott, who made her debut in 2006, will be appearing in her fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup and also has three UEFA Women’s European Championships under her belt.
Another of the Lionesses’ experienced stars is newly recruited forward Ellen White who recently joined Manchester City from Birmingham City. She is the second-highest scorer in the current squad and has previously held the accolades of England player of the year in 2011 and 2018. White scored in Sunday’s fixture against her Scottish teammate Caroline Weir, and had one goal disallowed.
The Lionesses also see three Manchester City players called up for their first FIFA Women’s World Cup in the form of left-back Demi Stokes and youngsters Georgia Stanway and Keira Walsh. Versatile attacker Stanway has already had success in the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France last year as the Young Lionesses won a Bronze Medal and she will be hoping to add to her eight senior appearances having only made her debut in November of last year.
While only 21 years of age, midfielder Walsh has already captained the Lionesses against Kazakhstan, and is widely tipped to fill the rather big boots of Lionesses legend Fara Williams.
Away from England, Caroline Weir is now the lone Manchester City player to be called up for Scotland. She played 90 minutes in the Scots’ 2-1 loss to England in their opening game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Nice. They will be hoping to pick up points in their remaining games in the group against both Argentina and Japan.
Canadian international Janine Beckie will be hoping to feature for The Canucks today as they take on Cameroon. She currently holds 56 caps for Canada, scoring 25 goals along the way and she has featured at the 2016 Olympic Games 2016 as well as the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
By Marnie Kelly (@mk_marnie)