WOMEN'S WEEKLY

Posted on: Thu 28 Mar 2013

With last weekend's Continental Cup clash against Doncaster Rovers Belles falling victim to the weather, Chelsea Ladies will have to wait for an opportunity to bounce back from the FA Cup defeat at Lincoln a week earlier.

On a positive note, however, a number of Emma Hayes' squad have been selected to represent their nations on international duty.

National service
The Blues feature prominently in the Wales squad for their game against Scotland on Sunday, with Helen Ward, Helen Bleazard, Kylie Davies, Nicola Davies and Sophie Ingle all being selected.

Meanwhile, three Chelsea players are in the England squad ahead of their friendly against Canada at Rotherham FC on Sunday, just over three weeks after beating the same opponents 1-0 in the Cyprus Cup final.

Carly Telford, Dunia Susi and Eniola Aluko will all hope to feature for Hope Powell's side, while Claire Rafferty, who was originally called up, has been forced to pull out after sustaining a knee injury.

Chelsea Ladies' Jess Myers and Hannah Blundell have both been named in the England Under-19 squad for the UEFA 2nd qualifying round next month, with the tournament running from 1 - 10 April.

England's first fixture will see the Under-19s face Serbia on Thursday 4 April. Their next opponents will be Hungary on Saturday 6 April before they play Norway on Tuesday 9 April.

New signings Edda Gardarsdottir, Olina Vidarsdottir and Sofia Jakobsson have all been named in their respective international squads for the upcoming friendlies next month.

Edda and Olina's Iceland will face Sofia's Sweden on Saturday 6 April.

Champions League final looms
With Stamford Bridge playing host to the women's Champions League final on Thursday 23 May, the competition is currently entering its crucial stages.

Two of the four semi-finalists are now known, after both Arsenal and FCF Juvisy Essonne secured their passages with wins over ASD Torres and Goteborg respectively.

The two remaining quarter-finals see Malmo take on Lyon and Rossiyanka face Wolfsburg, with both matches due to be completed tonight.

The semi-finals are due to take place over two legs on 13/14 April and 20/21 April.

Tickets for the women's Champions League final are available now, priced £10 for adults and £5 for juniors and seniors.