Opposition watch: Canada include Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd stars in provisional WWC squadPublished: June 08, 2023
Super Falcons' opponent at the upcoming 2023 Fifa Women's World Cup, Canada have announced their provisional squad list for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, with six players on the books of English clubs part of the group.
Simi Awujo, who was eligible to represent her country of birth United States and Nigeria through her parents, has also been named in the training camp squad.
The 2022 Canada Soccer Young Player of the Year represented the United States at youth level before switching her international allegiance to Canada.
The six English-based players are Sabrina D’Angelo (Arsenal), Kadeisha Buchanan (Chelsea), Shelina Zadorsky (Tottenham Hotspur), Jayde Riviere (Manchester United), Jessie Fleming (Chelsea) and Deanne Rose (Reading).
With the exception of the Manchester United defender, the aforementioned players were given minutes as Canada came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against the Super Falcons in an international friendly in April 2022.
African powerhouse Nigeria will battle Canada in their opening game in Group B of the 2023 Fifa Women's World Cup at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne on July 21.
The Super Falcons' two other opponents in Group B are co-hosts Australia and Republic of Ireland.
Canada's 25-player provisional World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Sabrina D’Angelo, Arsenal (England); Lysianne Proulx, SCU Torreense (Portugal); Kailen Sheridan, San Diego Wave FC (NSWSL).
Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan, Chelsea (England); Allysha Chapman, Houston Dash (NWSL); Vanessa Gilles, Olympique Lyonnais (France); Ashley Lawrence, Paris Saint-Germain (France); Jayde Riviere, Manchester United (England); Jade Rose, Harvard University (NCAA); Shelina Zadorsky, Tottenham (England).
Midfielders: Quinn, OL Reign (NWSL); Marie-Yasmine Alidou D’Anjou, Famalicão (Portugal); Simi Awujo, USC (NCAA); Jessie Fleming, Chelsea (England); Julia Grosso, Juventus (Italy); Sophie Schmidt, Houston Dash (NWSL); Desiree Scott, Kansas City Current (NWSL).
Forwards: Jordyn Huitema, OL Reign (NWSL); Cloe Lacasse, SL Benfica (Portugal); Clarissa Larisey, BK Hacken FF (Sweden); Adriana Leon, Portland Thorns (NWSL); Christine Sinclair, Portland Thorns (NWSL); Nichelle Prince, Houston Dash (NWSL); Deanne Rose, Reading (England); Evelyne Viens, Kristianstads DFF (Sweden).
Photo Credit: canadasoccer.com
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