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Monday 02 Apr 2018
Netherlands and Norway up next in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

The Senior Women have began preparing for their next two tests in their FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign.

They first face the Netherlands in Eindhoven on Friday 6 April before welcoming Norway to Shamrock Park, Portadown on Tuesday 10 April.

The squad, led by Marissa Callaghan, welcomes Crystal Palace Ladies captain Freya Holdaway for her first involvement in a competitive squad after being part of the Turkish Women's Cup campaign in March. 

There is also a return for Demi Vance who has earned over 50 caps for Northern Ireland but has returned after a spell in Australia.

Yasmin White, who was part of the squad to play in the UEFA Women's Under 19 Championships, has also been called up into her first senior squad. 

Although rain tried to derail their preparations, they wouldn't be hindered as they did a gym session to get ready to face the European Champions on Friday.

The full squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Emma Higgins (Selfoss) Lauren Perry (Linfield Ladies)

Defenders: Rachel Newborough (Doncaster Rovers Belles) Julie Nelson (Crusaders Ladies) Ashley Hutton (Linfield Ladies) Demi Vance (Glentoran Belfast United) Jessica Foy (Glentoran Belfast United) Laura Rafferty (Brighton & Hove Albion) Freya Holdaway (Crystal Palace) Jade Lindsay (Hamilton Academical) Yasmin White (Glentoran Belfast United)

Midfielders: Sarah McFadden (Durham Ladies) Megan Bell (Linfield Ladies) Ciara Sherwood (Crystal Palace) Marissa Callaghan (Cliftonville Ladies) Brenna McPartlan (Manchester City Ladies) Louise McDaniel (Linfield Ladies)

Forwards: Rachel Furness (Reading Ladies) Billie Simpson (Cliftonville Ladies) Kirsty McGuinness (Linfield Ladies) Rebecca McKenna (Linfield Ladies) Emily Wilson (Crusaders Strikers)