Things have been rather up and down for the Football Ferns since the last time we saw them on the world stage, the team having opened a dispute with how things were run that culminated in a new coach (as well as a retirement and subsequent return for Abby Erceg).
Not blessed with the biggest talent pool to dip into, Tom Sermanni has called up seven centurions into his squad for the World Cup; experience, something the majority of the squad has in spades.
Yet, despite the fact that most of the Ferns have been there and done it before, the team isn’t one forecast to go far, the frailties of the team of show already, multiple times this year.
The squad carrying a few players getting over serious injuries, the level of the individuals, on paper, not high enough to keep up with other nations in the FIFA top 20.
Goalkeepers: Victoria Esson (Avaldsnes), Erin Nayler (Bordeaux), Nadia Olla (Western Springs).
Defenders: CJ Bott (Vittsjö), Abby Erceg (North Carolina Courage), Anna Green (Miramar Rangers), Meikayla Moore (MSV Duisburg), Sarah Morton (Western Springs), Ali Riley (Chelsea), Stephanie Skilton (Papakura City), Rebekah Stott (Avaldsnes).
Midfielders: Katie Bowen (Utah Royals), Olivia Chance (Everton), Daisy Cleverley (California Golden Bears), Katie Duncan (Onehunga Sports), Annalie Longo (Unattached), Betsy Hassett (KR Reykjavik), Ria Percival (West Ham United).
Attackers: Sarah Gregorius (Miramar Rangers), Emma Kete (Unattached), Paige Satchell (Three Kings United), Rosie White (Unattached), Hannah Wilkinson (Unattached).
The queens of OFC, New Zealand remain a half step behind their AFC neighbours and it unfortunately shows when they step onto the biggest stages. The Ferns will do well to reach the last 16.
Also see: Our main 2019 Women’s World Cup page.
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