West Ham United Women's International Round-up
It was a busy period for the West Ham United Women’s players that have joined up with their National teams over the past two weeks.
Mackenzie Arnold, Emily van Egmond, Kenza Dali, Courtney Brosnan, Cecilie Redisch and Katerina Svitkova were all in action for their retrospective nations during the break.
Starting with our Australian duo, Emily van Egmond featured in both of their friendly matches, which unfortunately ended in defeat. In the Matildas’ first match, they were beaten 5-2 by Germany, with the 27-year-old midfielder playing 58 minutes of the contest.
Mackenzie Arnold started between the sticks against the Netherlands as she continued to work towards her return to full fitness. Both players completed a full 90 minutes in a 5-0 defeat.
Courtney Brosnan played the full 90 minutes in the Republic of Ireland’s narrow 1-0 defeat away to Belgium. The Girls in Green were also beaten in their first friendly match, a 1-0 loss to Denmark. This was the goalkeeper’s 3rd cap for her country having made her debut against Montenegro back in March 2020.
France had two very tough friendlies against England and the USA during the international break, with midfielder Kenza Dali appearing in both matches. The 29-year-old made a five-minute cameo in the 3-1 victory over England in Caen, before completing 62 minutes against the United States four days later.
Cecilie Redisch managed to help Norway to a 2-0 victory away to Belgium in their opening friendly match. The full-back played the first 45 minutes before being withdrawn, and then played a full 90 minutes against a Germany team that were fresh from their win over Australia. Gresshoppene were also on the end of a defeat as Germany rode out 3-1 winners.
Finally, Katerina Svitkova was the most active in the break, playing a total of 210 minutes for Czech Republic. The Czech footballer of the year scored in both matches against Switzerland, with the prize a place at Euro 2022. Svitkova dispatched a penalty in the first match to give her team the lead, but with minutes remaining, the midfielder gave away a penalty that was scored by Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic.
With the sides level going into the deciding match, everything was still to play for, and Svitkova put her side in the ascendancy with a superb strike from distance, however, the home side scored an equaliser eight minutes later. The game went to penalties, with Svitkova missing the decisive kick as Switzerland booked their place at Euro 2022.