Teenage striker Milly Clegg and Wellington Phoenix teammate Michaela Foster have been named in the Football Ferns squad to meet Iceland and Nigeria next month.
They are in a 24-player squad for the team’s two games in Turkey during the next international window.
Clegg (17) is named in the full international squad for the first time, after previously playing for the U-17 and U-20 sides, while Foster is named as part of the initial squad for the first time after being called up as a late injury replacement player during the February camp.
Main photo: Milly Clegg … named in the full national squad for the first time.
Goalkeepers Victoria Esson and Anna Leat, as well as forward Jacqui Hand, all return to the squad after missing the previous window with injury.
Players who were in the previous Ferns squad against Argentina but are not named in the April squad are goalkeepers Brianna Edwards and Murphy Sheaff, and midfielder Ava Collins.
Liz Anton was added to the squad on April 5 after CJ Bott withdrew because of a groin injury.
New Zealand squad
Mackenzie Barry (6 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Liz Anton (19 caps) Perth Glory, Australia
Katie Bowen (90 caps) Melbourne City, Australia
Claudia Bunge (18 caps) Melbourne Victory, Australia
Olivia Chance (42 caps) Celtic, Scotland
Milly Clegg* (0 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Daisy Cleverley (30 caps) HB Køge, Denmark
Victoria Esson (12 caps) Rangers, Scotland
Michaela Foster (2 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Jacqui Hand (10 caps) Aland United, Finland
Betsy Hassett (141 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Grace Jale (15 caps) Canberra United, Australia
Anna Leat (9 caps) Aston Villa, England
Meikayla Moore (63 caps) Glasgow City, Scotland
Erin Nayler (84 caps) IFK Norrköping, Sweden
Grace Neville (3 caps) London City Lionesses, England
Gabi Rennie (23 caps) Arizona State University, USA
Ali Riley (150 caps) Angel City, USA
Indiah-Paige Riley (7 caps) Brisbane Roar, Australia
Paige Satchell (40 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Malia Steinmetz (16 caps) Western Sydney Wanderers, Australia
Rebekah Stott (87 caps) Brighton & Hove Albion, England
Kate Taylor (8 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Hannah Wilkinson (111 caps) Melbourne City, Australia
*Debut Ford Football Ferns call up
Coach Jitka Klimková: ‘Good opportunities to test ourselves’
Ford Football Ferns head coach Jitka Klimková said:
“These games are both really good opportunities for us to test ourselves as well as look to implement some changes after the games last month.
“It is great we are able to bring back some players we were missing with injury as well as introduce some new faces we have been keen to bring into the team.
“Milly Clegg is a player we have been watching for a long time and are looking forward to seeing her as part of the senior team after brilliant performances at the U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cups, as well as for her club.
“Mickey Foster came into the squad in the last camp as an injury replacement player and really impressed so we are delighted to call her up from the start of the tour for the first time.
“Vic Esson, Anna Leat and Jacqui Hand are back after they missed the last camp with injuries which is a great boost for us.
“Ria Percival was close to being able to return for this window but will be spending the time continuing her recovery with her club.
“The team were all disappointed with the results last month, so I know can’t wait to get to Turkey and prove what we can do ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in a few months’ time.”
Game to be played on Saturday April 8, 1am (NZT)
New Zealand v Iceland
Game to be played on Wednesday April 12, 1am (NZT)
New Zealand v Nigeria
Both games will be played at Mardan Sports Complex, Antalya, Turkey.