With just over two weeks to go until they begin the tournament, Canada Soccer has released their 23-player roster for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The squad that will try to improve on last tournament’s sixth-place finish features nine returning players from four years ago, as well as 14 players making their World Cup debuts.
Canada will be led yet again by 35-year-old superstar Christine Sinclair, who needs to score just three times to tie American Abby Wambach’s record for career international goals. This will be Sinclair’s fifth World Cup.
The squad has a number of other familiar faces from previous international tournaments, including Kadeisha Buchanan, Jessie Fleming, Sophie Schmidt, and goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé.
The veteran presence is complemented by younger talents, like budding star Jordyn Huitema, who has 19 senior national team caps despite turning 18 less than a month ago.
Canada has been drawn into Group E, where they’ll play the Netherlands (eighth in the world rankings), New Zealand (19th), and Cameroon (46th). Canada sit fifth in the latest rankings.
The Canadian team’s matches will take place in Montpellier, Grenoble, and Reims. They take on Cameroon on June 10, followed by New Zealand on June 15, with a potentially group-deciding match with the Netherlands on June 20.
Full Canadian Squad:
1- GK- Stephanie Labbé | USA / NC Courage
2- FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash
3- CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais
4- CB- Shelina Zadorsky | USA / Orlando Pride
5- CB- Rebecca Quinn | FRA / Paris FC
6- W- Deanne Rose | USA / University of Florida
7- M- Julia Grosso | CAN / University of Texas at Austin
8- FB- Jayde Riviere | CAN / Ontario Super REX & Markham SC
9- F- Jordyn Huitema | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
10- FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain
11- M- Desiree Scott | USA / Utah Royals FC
12- F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC
13- M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash
14- M- Gabrielle Carle | USA / Florida State University
15- W- Nichelle Prince | USA / Houston Dash
16- F- Janine Beckie | ENG / Manchester City FC
17- M- Jessie Fleming | USA / UCLA
18- GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / Sky Blue FC
19- F- Adriana Leon | ENG / West Ham United FC
20- CB- Shannon Woeller | SWE / Eskilstuna United
21- GK- Sabrina D’Angelo | SWE / Vittsjö GIK
22- FB- Lindsay Agnew | USA / Houston Dash
23- F/FB- Jenna Hellstrom | SWE / KIF Örebro