Betsy Hassett to captain the Football Ferns in rematch against Argentina

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Midfielder Betsy Hassett will captain the Football Ferns in Thursday’s friendly international against Argentina at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium.

She becomes the third skipper of the team in a week, after Ali Riley (injured since the Portugal game) and Olivia Chance (who has returned to her Scottish club Celtic).

Hassett, who plays for the Wellington Phoenix A-League team, will make her 141st appearance for the Ferns in the game.

Main photo: Betsy Hassett … captain for the game against Argentina.

Head coach Jitka Klimková has stayed faithful to her most experienced players in the starting line-up, with Grace Neville the only run-on player without double-figure international appearances.


Game to be played on Thursday February 23, 2023

New Zealand v Argentina
North Harbour Stadium, Albany, Auckland, 7pm (NZT)

How to watch

Sky Sport 1, Sky Sport 7.

How they will line up

New Zealand


New Zealand


1 — Erin Nayler (83/0) (IFK Norrköping, Sweden)

3 — Claudia Bunge (17/0) (Melbourne Victory, Australia)

5 — Meikayla Moore (62/4) (Glasgow City, Scotland)

6 — Malia Steinmetz (15/0) (Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia)

8 — Daisy Cleverley (29/2) (HB Køge, Denmark)

9 — Gabi Rennie (22/2) (Arizona State University, United States)

10 — Grace Jale (14/2) (Canberra United, Australia)

12 — Betsy Hassett (140/13) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

14 — Katie Bowen (89/3) (Melbourne City, Australia)

16 — Grace Neville (2/0) (London City Lionesses, England)

17 — Hannah Wilkinson (110/27) (Melbourne City, Australia)


2 — Kate Taylor (7/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

13 — Michaela Foster (1/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

15 — Paige Satchell (39/2) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

18 — Mackenzie Barry (6/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

19 — Liz Anton (18/0) (Perth Glory, Australia)

20 — Indiah-Paige Riley (6/0) (Brisbane Roar, Australia)

21 — Brianna Edwards (0/0) (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)

22 — Ava Collins (10/0) (St John’s University, United States)

23 — Murphy Sheaff (0/0) (Jacksonville University, United States)

Coaching staff

Head coach: Jitka Klimková


23 — Laurina Oliveros (GK)

3 — Eliana Stabile

4 — Julieta Cruz

6 — Aldana Cornetti

7 — Romina Nuñez

8 — Falfan Daiana

9 — Paulina Gramaglia

14 — Miriam Mayorga

15 — Maria Bonsegundo

16 — Lorena Benitez

19 — Mariana Larroquette


1 — Vanina Correa (GK)

2 — Chiara Singarella

5 — Vanessa Santana

17 — Maricel Pereyra

18 — Gabriela Chavez

20 — Marianela Szymanowsk

21 — Érica Lonigro

22 — Estefania Banini

Coaching staff

Head coach: Germán Portanova

Match officials

Referee: Tatiana Guzmán (Nicaragua)

Assistant 1: Shirley Perello (Honduras)

Assistant 2: Sandra Ramírez (Mexico)

4th referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)

VAR: Shaun Evans (Australia)

AVAR: Joanna Chakartis (Australia)

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The Argentina players check out North Harbour Stadium ahead of kick off. Photo: Selección Argentina.

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