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Canadian women’s national team names strong squad ahead of matches vs. England, Wales

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It’s all hands on deck for Bev Priestman’s side ahead of a pair of friendlies later this month.

Canada v United States: Final - 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying
Janine Beckie #16, Sophie Schmidt #13 and Christine Sinclair #12 of Canada
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TORONTO, Canada—The Canadian women’s national team are back in action later this month when they take on Wales and England in a pair of away friendlies.

With both matches taking place in Europe, Canada will face Wales on April 9 followed by a England on April 13.

“The matches against Wales and England in April are again critical to our preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,” said head coach Bev Priestman in a press release. “If you look at both teams, they have had success against top 10 teams over the past two years and obviously England were semifinalists at the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, which will be a great Tier one test to assess players and where this group is at. I’m excited to get back in with the group and continue building towards where we want to be come the summer.”

It’ll be all hands on deck for Priestman’s side as she and the national team program have called into action a strong squad for this upcoming camp.

The world’s all-time international goal-scoring record holder Christine Sinclair, who missed the SheBelieves Cup due to an injury, will be back with the team, along with veterans Desiree Scott, Sophie Schmidt, and goalkeepers Stephanie Labbé and Erin McLeod.

2019 Canadian Player of the Year Ashley Lawrence, as well as the most recent Canadian Youth International Player of the Year Jade Rose (2020), will also be in attendance.

It’ll be a first-time call-up for forward Cloé Lacasse of SL Benfica in Portugal, while another potential debutant is goalkeeper Rylee Foster of Liverpool FC, who attended last month’s SheBelieves Cup, but never got into a game. Foster recently signed a extension with Liverpool and will look to carry her momentum into this April camp.

Unavailable through medical reasons are Kadeisha Buchanan of FCF Olympique Lyonnais, Diana Matheson of Kansas City NWSL, Adriana Leon of West Ham United FC, Kailen Sheridan of Sky Blue FC, Sabrina D’Angelo of Vittsjö GIK, and Bianca St-Georges of Chicago Red Stars.

“I expect two very tough games with different styles of play, which will only help up in our preparation for Tokyo 2020,” added Priestman. “We will continue to build on the progress made in the 2021 SheBelieves Cup, with a greater emphasis on partnerships and chemistry as we move closer to the Olympic Games, given we will have key players available.”

Full Canada Roster:

Goalkeepers: Rylee Foster, Stephanie Labbé, Erin McLeod; Defenders: Vanessa Gilles, Jade Rose, Shelina Zadorsky, Lindsay Agnew, Gabrielle Carle, Allysha Chapman, Ashley Lawrence, Jayde Riviere; Midfielders: Samantha Chang, Jessie Fleming, Julia Grosso, Jordyn Listro, Quinn, Sophie Schmidt, Desiree Scott, Sarah Stratigakis; Forwards: Janine Beckie, Jordyn Huitema, Cloé Lacasse, Nichelle Prince, Deanne Rose, Christine Sinclair, Evelyne Viens