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Which London City Lionesses have received international call-ups?

Eight London City Lionesses have been selected for international duty in February, representing countries spanning three confederations around the world.

Lois Joel, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)
Lois Joel, London City Lionesses (Image: Wing Chong)

With Olympic Qualifiers and exhibition matches on the agenda, plenty of football will be played during the international break.

Our Barclays Women’s Championship campaign will resume on Sunday 3 March, with the Pride visiting Reading at the Select Car Leasing Stadium. 

Darren Smith’s side return to Princes Park a week later, hosting Sunderland A.F.C. in a 2pm kick-off.

Wales: Lois Joel

Selected by Wales for the first time, London City captain Lois Joel could debut for the Dragons against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday [27 February].

Writing in the latest edition of our matchday programme, the 24-year-old described being selected for Wales as a “massive honour” and is excited at the prospect of debuting against a collection of London City teammates.

“Being selected was an extremely proud moment for my family and me, marking another milestone in my career,” wrote Joel. “I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to wear the red of Wales and can’t wait to join up with my new international teammates next week.”

  • Republic of Ireland .vs. Wales (Tallaght Stadium) | Tuesday, 27 February (19:30), BBC Wales/iPlayer

Republic of Ireland: Grace Moloney, Megan Campbell, Ruesha Littlejohn

Grace Moloney, Megan Campbell, and Ruesha Littlejohn retained their places on the Republic of Ireland’s roster as Eileen Gleeson named her first squad since being appointed head coach on a permanent basis.

The Girls in Green face Italy and Wales in a pair of international friendlies.

  • Italy .vs. Republic of Ireland (Viola Park) | Friday, 23 February (17:30)

  • Republic of Ireland .vs. Wales (Tallaght Stadium) | Tuesday, 27 February (19:30), BBC Wales/iPlayer

Finland: Lotta Lindström

Lotta Lindström’s whirlwind month continues, with the 19-year-old selected for Finland’s Pinatar Cup campaign.

The Helsinki-born forward was named on the bench for the Night Owl’s pre-tournament friendly against the Philippines, but could be called upon once the invitational event begins.

  • Finland .vs. Philippines (Pinatar Arena) | Wednesday, 21 February (14:00)

  • Slovenia .vs. Finland (Pinatar Arena) | Saturday, 24 February (18:30)

  • Finland .vs. Scotland/Philippines (Pinatar Arena) | Tuesday, 27 February (TBD) 

Jamaica: Izzy Groves, Jade Bailey

For the second international window in a row, two London City Lionesses are heading to South America to face Chile in back-to-back friendlies.

Jade Bailey and Izzy Groves have been selected by Jamaica, with the Reggae Girlz targeting a return to winning ways after failing to qualify for the Gold Cup.

  • Chile .vs. Jamaica (Juan Pinto Complex) | Friday, 23 February (21:30)

  • Chile .vs. Jamaica (Juan Pinto Complex) | Tuesday, 27 February (22:00)

New Zealand: Grace Neville

New Zealand dominated Oceania’s Olympic Qualifying tournament, beating the Solomon Islands 11-1 in the final to reach their fifth consecutive Olympic Games.

London City full-back Grace Neville started against Vanuatu and Fiji, before withdrawing from the tournament with a calf injury.

"We could see today how much the team is growing together,” said New Zealand head coach Jikita Klimkova.

“We've done a lot of work and we wanted to start this game strongly and finish even stronger. That's what we were able to see. Qualifying for the Olympics feels amazing.

"That was our goal, our priority as a team, and doing that for New Zealand means a lot for us. We know this is the start for this team, and now we want to keep this feeling and build on it."

  • New Zealand 3-0 Tonga | Wednesday, 7 February (FFS Football Stadium, Samoa)

  • New Zealand 6-0 Samoa | Saturday, 10 February (FFS Football Stadium, Samoa)

  • Vanuatu 0-5 New Zealand | Tuesday, 13 February (FFS Football Stadium, Samoa)

  • New Zealand 7-1 Fiji | Friday, 16 February (FFS Football Stadium, Samoa)

  • Solomon Islands 1-11 New Zealand | Monday, 19 February (FFS Football Stadium, Samoa)

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