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WALES WOMEN START THE LONG ROAD TO THE EURO 2021

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Jayne Ludlow has named her squad for the upcoming training camp as Wales Women look to put the World Cup heartbreak against England behind them.

The 3-0 defeat against the Lionesses at Rodney Parade ended Wales’ hopes of reaching next year’s tournament in France.

But in reality, the World Cup qualifying campaign was only the start of a new chapter for women’s football in Wales.

They now turn their attention to the 2021 European Championships as they hope to build on their World Cup qualifying campaign.

And Ludlow is already looking to the future having selected her squad for next month’s training camp.

The experienced Sophie Ingle, Helen Ward and Natasha Harding are all included in the squad, while Ludlow has also opted for youth ahead of the upcoming qualifiers.

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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Anna Filbey is also included for the first time as Ludlow looks to embed more of the younger generation into the squad.

A versatile defender who joined Spurs from local rivals Arsenal, 18-year-old Fibley received praise from Tottenham manager Karen Hills following her move to the club.

She said: “Although she’s still very young, she gained some experience with Arsenal’s first team, who are obviously one of the top sides in Women’s Super League, last season.

“She’s got that expertise from an early age and that puts her in good stead to come over and gain even more valuable experience with us.”

Fibley’s fellow Spurs team-mates Megan Wynne and Josie Green will also link-up with Ludlow’s squad.

While Carrie Jones, who captained the Wales under-15 side earlier this year, has been selected.

But despite being a key figure throughout the World Cup qualifying campaign, Jess Fishlock is not included.

The midfielder, who recently joined French giants Lyon on loan, will miss the camp after Ludlow made the decision to rest her record caps holder.

Fishlock’s parent club, Seattle Reign, concluded their season earlier this month with a 2-1 defeat in the NWSL Championship play-off semi-final.

As the American season usually runs from March to September, Fishlock has been able to join several clubs on loan since making the move to Seattle in 2013.

USA-based Peyton Vincze, who featured in the 3-0 defeat against the Lionesses, will also be rested for the camp.

Manager Ludlow has guided Wales to their highest ever position in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings, but her dream of taking them to their first ever major tournament, continues.

 

Callum Ellis writes for, among others, Inside Wales Sport and International.Wales.

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