Lotta Okvist of Manchester United Women Manchester City Women vs Manchester United Women, WSL football match, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK - 07 Sep 2019 Photo: Lynne Cameron for The FA

Manchester United full-back unused as Sweden are beaten

Manchester United full-back Lotta Okvist is still waiting to make her senior international debut for Sweden with the player having been an unused substitute as Peter Gerhardsson’s side lost 1-0 to Germany in their opening match of the Algarve Cup 2020 earlier today.

The 23-year-old Pitea-born defender was called into the Sweden squad for the first time on Sunday evening following Juventus’ Linda Sembrant’s decision not to travel due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Okvist was named amongst the substitutes as Sweden opened their Algarve Cup 2020 campaign against Germany earlier today but she remained unused as her nation suffered defeat to the highest ranked side in the tournament. Svenja Huth of VfL Wolfsburg netted the only goal of the game late in the first half as Germany set up a tie against another victorious side, Norway, on Saturday.

Manchester United defender Okvist has been a regular for her country at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-23 levels and she received her maiden call-up for the senior side last weekend following an impressive first season in the FA Women’s Super League. The full-back was brought to the Leigh Sports Village by Manchester United manager Casey Stoney as a replacement for England international Alex Greenwood and she has quietly slotted into the side.

Okvist will hope to make her debut in Sweden’s second Algarve Cup 2020 fixture against Denmark in three days’ time.

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