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25th February 2020

Wales Women announce Cymru v Estonia squad

BY: Nathan Spackman

Cymru manager Jayne Ludlow has named a 24-player squad to face Estonia for the women’s side’s first match in Wrexham since 2012.

The squad was announced in a special video by girls involved in the FAW Trust’s Huddle scheme in north Wales. Details around how girls aged 5-12 can get involved in Huddle can be found here.

Winger Natasha Harding returns to the squad after missing the goalless draw against Northern Ireland in November with a knee injury. However, Jess Fishlock remains in the USA to continue her recovery and defender Gemma Evans misses out through injury. The versatile Elise Hughes is also unavailable as she continues recovery for her ACL injury.

Ludlow has opted for a mix of youth and experience for the match on Friday 6 March (19:00 KO). Six players under the age of 20 will look to develop and learn from playing alongside the likes of Sophie Ingle, Loren Dykes and Angharad James.

The Estonia match is key preparation for Ludlow’s side ahead of the second half of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 qualification campaign. Cymru currently sit second in Group C with two key home matches against the Faroe Islands and Norway in April.

A return to north Wales for the national side is part of the FAW’s aims to grow the women’s and girls’ game across the country. Rhiannon Roberts and Elise Hughes are two players from the area who have been a key part of the current qualification campaign.

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