Arsenal full-back Katie McCabe could collect her 50th senior international cap for the Republic of Ireland next month with the player having been named in Vera Pauw’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Denmark and Belgium.
Pauw’s side will welcome Denmark to the Tallaght Stadium on 8 April before travelling to Brussels to face Belgium on 11 April.
The FAI informed FAWSL Full-Time of Pauw’s 32-player squad via an official press release earlier this morning. Arsenal defender McCabe is one of 10 English-based players named in the squad.
McCabe is currently on 48 senior international caps for her country therefore she will hit the 50 mark should she be fielded in both of the Republic of Ireland’s April friendly matches. The player made her senior international debut for The Girls in Green against Hungary at the Istra Cup in 2015. She most recently played every minute of the Republic of Ireland’s unsuccessful UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifying campaign, scoring four goals in the process.
The Republic of Ireland will face Denmark for the first time in more than 15 years next month with the pair having last played each other at the Algarve Cup in 2006. They last played Belgium more recently in a friendly fixture in early 2019.
Republic of Ireland squad to face Denmark and Belgium
Goalkeepers: Grace Moloney (Reading), Courtney Brosnan (West Ham United), Marie Hourihan (SC Braga), Niamh Reid-Burke (Peamount United)
Defenders: Keeva Keenan (Celtic), Claire O’Riordan (MSV Duisburg), Louise Quinn (Fiorentina), Diane Caldwell (North Carolina Courage), Niamh Farrelly (Glasgow City), Claire Walsh (Peamount United), Niamh Fahey (Liverpool), Éabha O’Mahony (Cork City), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Emily Whelan (Shelbourne), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Jamie Finn (Shelbourne), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Ruesha Littlejohn (Birmingham City), Alli Murphy (London City Lionesses), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Jessica Ziu (Shelbourne), Katie McCabe (Arsenal)
Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Leanne Kiernan (West Ham United), Isibeal Atkinson (Celtic), Amber Barrett (FC Koln), Rianna Jarrett (Brighton & Hove Albion), Kyra Carusa (HB Hoge), Saoirse Noonan (Shelbourne), Clare Shine (Glasgow City), Stephanie Roche (Peamount United)