Blake named in New Zealand squad

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Adelaide United forward Hannah Blake has been named as part of the New Zealand national team to take on FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 quarter-finalists Colombia in a friendly match this December in Bogotá.

Blake returns to the fold having missed the most recent fixtures in September for the Football Ferns.

The 23-year-old has scored two goals and recorded an assist in her five Liberty A-League matches so far this season, in her first campaign for Adelaide United.

She has previously been capped six times by New Zealand.

Football Ferns head coach Jitka Klimková has named three new faces in her 24-player squad including Wellington Phoenix midfielder Macey Fraser, Sunderland midfielder Katie Kitching and Canberra United forward Ruby Nathan. 

Forward Hannah Wilkinson is unavailable for these games as she is serving a two-game suspension following her red card against Chile in September. 

The full 24-player squad is:

Mackenzie Barry (7 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Hannah Blake (6 caps) Adelaide United, Australia
Katie Bowen (98 caps) Inter Milan, Italy
Daisy Cleverley (31 caps) HB Køge, Denmark
Ava Collins (11 caps) St John’s University, USA
Brianna Edwards (0 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Victoria Esson (20 caps) Rangers, Scotland
Michaela Foster (8 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Macey Fraser* (0 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand
Ally Green (5 caps) AGF, Denmark
Jacqui Hand (17 caps) Åland United, Finland
Betsy Hassett (150 caps) Stjarnan FC, Iceland
Grace Jale (21 caps) Perth Glory, Australia
Katie Kitching* (0 caps) Sunderland AFC, England
Anna Leat (11 caps) Aston Villa, England
Meikayla Moore (63 caps) Glasgow City, Scotland
Ruby Nathan* (0 caps) Canberra United, Australia
Grace Neville (6 caps) London City Lionesses, England
Ali Riley (159 caps) Angel City, USA
Indiah-Paige Riley (14 caps) PSV Vrouwen, Netherlands
Paige Satchell (46 caps) London City Lionesses, England
Malia Steinmetz (25 caps) FC Nordsjælland, Denmark
Rebekah Stott (95 caps) Melbourne City, Australia
Kate Taylor (10 caps) Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand

*Debut Ford Football Ferns call-up. 

The Ford Football Ferns will face Colombia on Saturday 2 December at 4pm (Sunday 3 December at 10am NZT) and Tuesday 5 December at 3pm (Wednesday 6 December at 9am NZT)

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