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Linfield quartet in World Cup qualifiers

By Graham Luney

The Northern Ireland women's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and the Faroe Islands includes four players from Linfield Ladies.

Ashley Hutton, Sarah Venney, Lyndsay Corry and Hannah Doherty are included in manager Alfie Wylie's panel for the double header.

First up is Saturday's game at Shamrock Park when slick Sweden are in town (7.30pm).

Admission is free for that battle and the team will then prepare for a clash in the Faroe Islands next Thursday.

Wylie's side have netted only one point from their opening three games and are still waiting on their first goal of the campaign. The Swedes have won their three opening qualifiers in Group Four and are currently fifth in the Fifa world rankings.

Northern Ireland women's squad: Goalkeepers: Emma Higgins [unattached], Krystal Parker [Aston Villa]; Defenders: Ashley Hutton [Linfield Ladies], Julie Nelson [Glasgow City Ladies], Amy McGivern [Crusaders Strikers], Alex Hurst [Bristol City Ladies], Lisa Armour [Crusaders Strikers], Lindsay Corry [Linfield Ladies], Hannah Doherty [Linfield Ladies]; Midfielders: Nadene Caldwell [Glentoran Belfast United], Danielle McDowell [Crusaders Strikers], Simone Magill [Everton Ladies], Marissa Callaghan [Cliftonville Ladies], Sarah Venney [Linfield Ladies], Laura Rafferty [Chelsea Ladies], Lynda Shepherd [Manchester City]; Forwards: Aimee Mackin [Newry City Ladies], Rachel Furness [Sunderland], Lauren Wade [Glentoran Belfast United], Jessica Doran [Crusaders].

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