Football Ferns head coach Jitka Klimková says “the door is still open” for emerging players such as Milly Clegg and Michaela Foster to break into the national side ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Interviewed on this week’s Kiwi Football Fix, Klimková said she was monitoring the progress of Clegg and Foster who have both impressed in their first seasons with the Wellington Phoenix.
“Milly Clegg is incredible,” she said. “She is the one we can see in the future.”
Forward Clegg (17) has come through the national U-17 and U-20 age group teams and is a scholarship player at the Phoenix.
Her opening goal spearheaded last weekend’s 5-0 breakthrough win by the Phoenix against Canberra United.
Foster (24), a former age group team captain who can play in several positions, has played US College football and club football in Auckland and the Waikato before being added to the Phoenix squad following some impressive performances in last year’s Women’s National League.
Her speciality is set pieces, being able to swing balls in or out, and with either foot.
Klimkova reiterated that players such as Clegg and Foster still had time and the opportunity to get into the national squad.
“The door is still open,” she said.
Full interview with Klimková