McCabe has been included in the squad for Ireland's USA double header

McCabe has been included in the squad for Ireland's USA double header

The Ireland Women’s National Team continue their preparations for FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 with two International Friendly games against World No 1 United States.The Girls in Green will firstly be in action on Saturday, April 8th in Austin, Texas before facing the same opponent again on Tuesday, April 11th in St. Louis, Missouri - both games being broadcast live on RTÉ2.These games will be the 14th and 15th games overall between the two teams - and the first since 2019. Manager Vera Pauw has selected a 27-player squad for the camp.

There are first senior call-ups for Lewes goalkeeper Sophie Whitehouse, Peamount United defender Tara O’Hanlon and Shamrock Rovers attacker Alannah McEvoy. Both O’Hanlon and McEvoy have represented Ireland at Under-16, U17 and U19 level. Whitehouse – who qualifies through her Dublin-born Mother – excelled in the US college system before moving to England, where she linked up with Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Bristol City ahead of signing for English Championship side Lewes in 2022. Injuries rule out Niamh Fahey, Chloe Mustaki, Ellen Molloy, Jess Ziu and Leanne Kiernan, while Megan Campbell is unavailable. The squad will get together on Sunday, April 2nd ahead of flying to the United States on Monday to take in the two games in Texas and Missouri.Ireland WNT SquadGoalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Sophie Whitehouse (Lewes)

Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Aoife Mannion (Manchester United), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Tara O’Hanlon (Peamount United), Áine O’Gorman (Shamrock Rovers)

Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Megan Connolly (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jamie Finn (Birmingham City), Ruesha Littlejohn (Aston Villa), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Roma McLaughlin (Fortuna Hjorring)

Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Abbie Larkin (Shamrock Rovers), Amber Barrett (Potsdam Turbine), Kyra Carusa (London City Lionesses), Marissa Sheva (Washington Spirit), Alannah McEvoy (Shamrock Rovers) International FriendlyUSA v Republic of IrelandSaturday, April 8KO 19:30 (Irish Time) / 13:30 (CT), 14:30 (ET)Q2 Stadium, Austin, TexasLIVE on RTÉ2 International FriendlyUSA v Republic of IrelandTuesday, April 11KO 00:30 (Irish Time) / 18:30 (CT), 19:30 (ET)CITYPARK, St Louis, MissouriLIVE on RTÉ2