AMBER Barrett has been named in the Republic of Ireland women’s squad for their Euro 2021 qualifier against Germany next month.
Irish manager Vera Pauw has included Milford woman Barrett, who recently signed a new contact at FN Koln, in her ranks. Barrett will face some familiar foes from Germany in the game, which takes place in Essen on September 19.
Ireland are unbeaten thus far in the qualifying campaign, which recommences following a postponement of games on the back of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Ireland lead Group I on 13 points after five games played but Germany are just a single point behind with a game in hand ahead of the first of two meetings between the teams.
Pauw, who recently renewed terms with the FAI, is excited to resume the qualifying campaign with a trip to Germany.
“It is great to be back preparing for international games again and to continue our goal of qualifying for the European Championships. We will travel to Germany knowing that we will face a difficult opponent, but that is part of competing at this level,” said Pauw.
“With our players possibly coming from nine different countries, we remain mindful of the protocols in place to deal with COVID-19 and it’s important that we adhere to all medical advice around this game. This pandemic is not yet over and we must work together to fight it.”
For this squad, there are first call-ups for midfielders Alli Murphy and Ellen Molloy, while Isibeal Atkinson is rewarded for her excellent start to the Women’s National League season with Shelbourne.
Barrett’s inclusion gives Donegal a representation for the game, but there is no place for Tyler Toland.
The Manchester City midfielder is nursing an ankle injury at the moment, but doubts remain over Pauw’s stance on the inclusion of the St Johnston woman in her plans.Tags: