Simone Magill is back to boost the Northern Ireland squad ahead of possibly their most high-profile World Cup qualifier ever.
The Everton Women striker missed the opening Women’s World Cup 2023 double header against Luxembourg and Lativa last month through injury and returns in time for the glamour tie against England at Wembley on Saturday-week.
Magill, however, has yet to play any competitive club football this season and that will remain a concern for manager Kenny Shiels as he prepares to face an England team that is ranked eighth in the world — 40 places above Northern Ireland.
Glentoran Women midfield ace Joely Andrews has been rewarded for her impressive role in the east Belfast team’s league title success by being handed a recall to the international squad.
She is one of seven — including goalkeeper Jackie Burns who is at university in the USA — members of the title-winning Glens team, while another, Danielle Maxwell, has been omitted this time around. Also making way is Cliftonville Ladies striker Caitlin McGuinness.
The Wembley encounter takes place next Saturday with a 5.15pm kick off and is followed by a home game against Austria the following Tuesday, with the Irish FA still to confirm the venue for that match.
NORTHERN IRELAND WOMEN’S SQUAD: J Burns (Lee University/Glentoran), B Flaherty (Huddersfield), M Harvey-Clifford (Crusaders), J Nelson (Crusaders), R McKenna (Lewes), R Holloway (Birmingham City), L Rafferty (Southampton), K Burrows (Cliftonville), D Vance (Rangers), M Callaghan and L McDaniel (both Cliftonville ), N Caldwell, C McCarron, C Hamilton and J Andrews (all Glentoran), R Furness (Liverpool), S McFadden (Durham), C Watling (Southampton), K Beattie and L Wade (both Glentoran), S Magill (Everton), K McGuinness (Cliftonville), E Wilson (Crusaders).