Twelve Chelsea Women representatives have been selected for their national team ahead of the Women’s EURO 2021 qualifiers which starts on 29 August.
The UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 is being hosted here in England and a record 47 teams will be competing for 15 places alongside the hosts.
Eight Chelsea Women players across five countries will be competing for a finals place to join their four English club team-mates at the 2021 Euros.
And although England are exempt from qualifiers due to being the host nation, they have two friendly fixtures scheduled against Belgium and Norway.
Millie Bright, Carly Telford and Bethany England, who received her first senior call-up on Tuesday, travel to play Belgium on Thursday 29 August. The stay on the road for their second match against Norway which takes place on Tuesday 3 September. Fran Kirby was originally in the squad but she has pulled out and been replaced by one of her club team-mates, Hannah Blundell.
World Cup bronze medal winners, Magdalena Eriksson and Jonna Andersson, have been selected in Sweden’s squad and their first fixture of Group F and come up against Latvia on Tuesday 3 September.
World Cup quarter-finalists Maren Mjelde, Maria Thorisdottir and Guro Reiten have all be picked for Norway’s squad who are in Group C with Wales and midfielder Sophie Ingle. Norway qualified ahead of Wales for the 2017 finals.
Our Norwegians first qualifying match is on Friday 30 August against Northern Ireland in Belfast.
Sophie Ingle and Wales, who are yet to qualify for a World Cup or European Championship, have been drawn in Group C will make the trip to the Faroe Islands on Thursday before their home match against Northern Ireland in Newport five days later.
Ramona Bachmann is part of Switzerland’s squad for their Group H matches and the first one takes place on Tuesday 3 September.
The Swiss missed out narrowly on qualifying for France 2019 to Scotland, and will hope to qualify for their second successive European Championships.
Adelina Engman is part of Finland’s squad and their qualifying campaign begins with a Group E match against Albania on Monday 2 September.
Another home nation, Scotland, who qualified for their first World Cup in the summer will be looking to ensure they reach their third successive major tournament. Forward Erin Cuthbert, a regular in Shelly Kerr’s Scotland squad, will miss out on their first qualifying match due to sustaining a minor ankle injury.
Further fixtures take place in October with kick-off times are yet to be announced:
Friday 4 OctoberHungary v Sweden Lithuania v SwitzerlandBelarus v Norway
Tuesday 8 October Faroe Islands v Norway Finland v AlbaniaBelarus v Wales Sweden v SlovakiaSwitzerland v Croatia
Chelsea Women will begin their season on Sunday 8 September against newly promoted Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.
The tickets, which were free of charge, are sold out, however women’s season tickets are available for purchase.