Coach Klimková wants Ferns to be ‘more composed, more creative’ against Wales

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Football Ferns coach Jitka Klimková says her team will go into Wednesday’s game against Wales with a positive approach, and looking to improve on Sunday’s performance against Norway.

In her final media conference before the friendly international in Spain, Klimková said she thought New Zealand had been competitive against Norway, ranked 11th in the world.

Of her aims for the Wales game, she said: “We want to be more composed; we want to be more creative.”

She said she was looking for her players to improve their decision-making on the ball, and to have more possession of the ball.

Meanwhile, defender Kate Taylor (18) told the media conference she was pleased with her debut against Norway and had benefitted hugely from her time in training camp with players as experienced as her teammates.

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Watch the media conference in full

The match

Wales v New Zealand
Pinatar Arena, Pinatar, Spain
Wednesday June 29 (5am NZT)
Watch: Sky Sport 1

Ford Football Ferns squad

Lily ALFIELD (A-League Off Season programme, NZ), Elizabeth ANTON, (A-League Off Season programme, NZ), Mackenzie BARRY (A-League Off Season programme, NZ), Katie BOWEN (North Carolina Courage, US), Claudia BUNGE (Melbourne Victory, Australia), Olivia CHANCE (Celtic, Scotland), Daisy CLEVERLEY (HB Køge, Denmark), Victoria ESSON (Unattached), Ally GREEN (Vålerenga, Norway), Jacqui HAND (Åland United, Finland), Betsy HASSETT (Stjarnan, Iceland), Grace JALE (Heidelberg United FC, Australia), Annalie LONGO (Christchurch United), Meikayla MOORE (Unattached), Erin NAYLER (Umeå IK, Sweden), Gabi RENNIE (Arizona State University, US), Ali RILEY (Angel City FC, US), Emma ROLSTON (Avaldsnes IL, Norway), Paige SATCHELL (Unattached), Malia STEINMETZ (Unattached), Rebekah STOTT (FC Bulleen Lions, Australia), Kate TAYLOR (A-League Off Season Programme, NZ), Ashleigh WARD (Actonians LFC, England), Hannah WILKINSON (Melbourne City FC, Australia).

Coaching staff

Head coach: Jitka Klimková.

Assistant coaches: Natalie Lawrence (women’s U-20s assistant coach) and Michael Mayne (women’s U-17s assistant coach).

Wales squad

Laura O’SULLIVAN (Cardiff City Ladies), Olivia CLARK (Coventry United), Poppy SOPER (Unattached), Safia MIDDLETON-PATEL (Manchester United), Rhiannon ROBERTS (Liverpool), Josie GREEN (Unattached), Hayley LADD (Manchester United), Gemma EVANS (Reading), Rachel ROWE (Reading), Lily WOODHAM (Reading), Sophie INGLE (Chelsea), Anna FILBEY (Unattached), Angharad JAMES (Orlando Pride), Georgia WALTERS (Sheffield United), Carrie JONES (Manchester United), Ffion MORGAN (Bristol City), Meg WYNNE (Unattached), Elise HUGHES (Unattached), Kayleigh GREEN (Brighton & Hove Albion), Helen WARD (Watford), Tash HARDING (Unattached), Ceri HOLLAND (Liverpool), Chloe WILLIAMS (Manchester United), Morgan ROGERS (Tottenham Hotspur), Chloe BULL (Bristol City).

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