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Northern Ireland manager Kenny Shiels has made a couple of changes to his squad for this month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifiers against England and Austria.
Everton Women striker Simone Magill returns to the fold after being absent for the impressive victories against Luxembourg and Latvia in September due to injury.
And midfielder Joely Andrews is also back after impressing during Glentoran Women’s title run-in. She was not included in the panel last month.
Missing out this time are Cliftonville Ladies forward Caitlin McGuinness and Glentoran Women striker Danielle Maxwell.
Q Sport— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) October 14, 2021
NI squad named for @Lionesses & @oefb1904 in @FIFAWWC qualifiers - @EvertonWomen star @SimoneMagill returns #GAWA
Ulster line-up for @LionsRugbyCo in #URC
And the 2021 Unite the union Champions Cup cross-border tournament launched at Windsor Park
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Young Cliftonville Ladies defender Toni-Leigh Finnegan is not available due to injury, while still recovering from long term injuries are Rangers Women midfielder Megan Bell and Linfield Ladies pair Ashley Hutton and Abbie Magee.
England and Austria, the first and second seeds in European Qualifying Group D respectively, will be an altogether different proposition than last month’s opponents.
The Northern Ireland senior women’s team are set to play at Wembley Stadium for the first time on Saturday 23 October. The game against England kicks off in London at 5.15pm.
And then it’s back home for a qualifier against Austria on Tuesday 26 October (7pm start).
England, currently ranked 8th in the world, began their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualification campaign with emphatic wins over North Macedonia at home (8-0) and Luxembourg away (10-0) in September.
Austria, who are 21st in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola global rankings, defeated Latvia 8-1 away and North Macedonia 6-0 at home.
Several NI team-mates will go head-to-head in the Women's Irish Cup final on Friday night:
🎥 It's the final countdown!@ElecIrelandNI Women's Irish Cup final @Glentoran Women v @CruesStrikers Windsor Park, Friday, 7.45pm.— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) October 14, 2021
Big match rivals @KerryBeattie5 & @Danielle_McD10 look ahead to the action👇 #GameChangersNI pic.twitter.com/qHepvm3Dg9
The game is being streamed live - starting on the Irish FA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page at 7.30pm.