Chelsea Women representatives have been selected to compete in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, following squad announcements from England, Scotland, Sweden, Norway, New Zealand and South Korea.
The eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup finals will take place from 7 June to 7 July and out of the 24 national teams competing, six of them include Chelsea Women players.
This means that 11 of Emma Hayes’ players, plus Hedvig Lindahl who is leaving Chelsea this summer, will take to the global stage with their respective countries in what is set to be a pinnacle summer for women’s football, and arguably the biggest female sporting event ever.
Blues captain Karen Carney, defender Millie Bright, striker Fran Kirby and goalkeeper Carly Telford have made England’s 23-player squad. The manager Phil Neville has confirmed that Carney will be shirt number 20, Bright will be wearing the number six, Kirby remains as the number 10 and Telford is shirt number 13.
Chelsea Women’s Player of the Year, Erin Cuthbert, is due to make history in June when the Scotland of which she is a member participate in a World Cup for the first time.
Our other Scandinavian representatives, Maren Mjelde and Maria Thorisdottir, have been picked for their native Norway.
Defender Ali Riley will captain New Zealand. It is the fourth World Cup in a row for which the Ferns have qualified.
Chelsea’s playmaker Ji So-Yun will head to the major tournament with the South Korean squad. They reached the Round of 16 four years ago.