New Zealand hope to put their best foot forward in the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals at home. But who is in their World Cup squad?
The New Zealand national women’s team are geared up to play in their sixth FIFA Women’s World Cup which will also be their fifth consecutive appearance in the marquee international tournament.
The Football Ferns qualified for the tournament on June 25, 2020, after winning the bid to co-host the competition with neighbours Australia. The decision was made during a FIFA Council meeting, with their winning bid gaining 22 votes, while Coumbia received 13 to stand second.
However, Jitka Klimkova’s troops are yet to win in 2023 and have a dismal record of losing six out of seven matches they have played. Their only draw came against Iceland in a friendly match in Turkey. Before their World Cup opener against Norway in Auckland, they will play Vietnam in another friendly to test their preparations.
Apart from the Norwegians, they will compete with the Philippines and Switzerland in Group A of the Women’s World Cup.
Who can Klimkova pick in the World Cup squad? GOAL takes a look…