Amidst the start to the 2020/21 WSL campaign, nine players from the Women’s side have officially been named to their respective national team squads, with three more expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
With European Championship Qualifying matches taking place from September 17 – September 22, Everton is well-represented on the international stage.
Despite automatically qualifying for the Euro — which has been postponed until 2022 — as hosts, England will still play an 11-vs-11 practice match on September 18. With a roster comprised of the top talent in the WSL, Everton goalkeeper Sandy MacIver was on Phil Neville’s team sheet.
While both Rikke Sevecke (center-back) and Nicoline Sørensen (left wing) are new to Everton, they are regulars in the Danish setup. Sevecke has been capped 22 times while Sørensen has been given 33 appearances.
Continuing the trend of new signings, veteran defender Ingrid Moe Wold was named to the Norwegian roster. Moe Wold, who has 70 caps since 2012, featured heavily in the 2019 World Cup, playing in all five games as Norway advanced to the quarterfinals.
In Sunday’s game against Bristol City, forward Valérie Gauvin announced herself to the Everton faithful with a late goal that she tucked into the bottom right corner, something fans of the French national team are used to — in 30 appearances for Les Bleus, Gauvin has netted 14 times and was a staple of the French side that lost in the quarterfinals on home soil one year ago. She will be joined by midfielder Maéva Clémaron, who was also part of the 2019 World Cup squad.
Even though Finland and Scotland have yet to formally name their rosters, based on current form and prior national team experience, expect goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela to see her name called for Finland. Capped 91 times since her debut in 2007, Korpela will be playing in the upcoming qualifiers.
Scotland, on the other hand, have two potent playmakers coming in from Merseyside. Claire Emslie (28 appearances), who is on loan from Orlando Pride in the NWSL, is a versatile forward who can play up top or on the wing.
While she only has three caps for Scotland, midfielder and captain Lucy Graham should absolutely be included for the September matchups after a roaring start to the season in which she posted two goals and two assists.