Ireland WNT vs China preview

Ireland WNT vs China preview

The Republic of Ireland Women's National Team continue their preparations for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 with an International Friendly against China PR on Wednesday, February 22.The game against the AFC Women's Asian Cup winners - who are currently 14th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings - will kick off at 13:00 Irish time and will be broadcast live on the RTÉ NewsNow Channel.This will be first meeting of the two teams as they both conclude 10-day training camps in Marbella, Spain with this game, which will be played in the Estadio Nuevo Mirador in Algeciras.

Here's a full preview of the game


You can watch it via the RTÉ NewsNow Channel.


KO 14:00 (13:00 Irish Time)


Estadio Nuevo Mirador, Algeciras, Cadiz


The sides have never played each other


China were World Cup runners-up in 1999, China PR are currently 14th in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings and last year won the AFC Women’s Asian Cup for the ninth time to qualify for this summer’s World Cup.TEAM NEWS

All players are fit and available for selection. The trio of Aoife Mannion, Deborah-Anne De La Harpe and Marissa Sheva have each received FIFA International Clearance. QUOTES

Republic of Ireland WNT Manager Vera Pauw

"All of our players are fit and ready for this game after a really good week training. We also had a tough game against Germany behind closed doors, which allowed us to use 26 of the 27 players here in camp with us and that was a very good exercise for us."We expect a very tough game against China. We expect them to put us under pressure, which is why we have chosen to play against this type of opponent. It is also an opportunity for us to make the next step in our attacking play."


Republic of Ireland WNT Squad

Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Grace Moloney (Reading), Naoisha McAloon (Durham WFC)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Claire Walsh (Glasgow City), Megan Campbell (Liverpool), Áine O’Gorman (Shamrock Rovers), Aoife Mannion (Manchester United), Deborah-Ann De La Harpe (Sydney FC)

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Isibeal Atkinson (West Ham United)

Forwards: Amber Barrett (Potsdam Turbine), Heather Payne (Florida State University), Kyra Carusa (London City Lionesses), Abbie Larkin (Shamrock Rovers), Marissa Sheva (Washington Spirit)MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee | Jason Lee Barcelo (Gibraltar)Assistant Referee | Daniel Gomez Gordillo (Gibraltar)Assistant Referee | Michael Gerard Marcias (Gibraltar)Fourth Official | Jose Maria Delgado (Gibraltar)