Hannah Wilkinson who suffering the serious knee injury last october but now they are fit and included in the Football Ferns squad for the upcoming Fifa Women’s World cup 2019.
26 Year old Wilkinson who added for the June’s World cup at France as she has been training at 100 per cent in the past few weeks and ready to play the First Match since October in Auckland club football when they face to United States in Friendly game on 17th May.
“The toughest part of it was the mental side, because I got to a point where I was so strong and so physiologically ready according to all the experts helping me out, the physios and doctors, that my mind actually had to play catch up.
“That mental side comes down to you and your confidence, so the last piece of the puzzle there was just training as much as possible and getting confident and getting more composed on the ball.”
Wilkinson is one of the 17 players who pick by the football ferns coach of Tom Sermanni for the Fifa womens world cup have previous world cup experience by playing in the 2011 and 2015 womens world cup and also playing in 2012 and 2016 olympics game.
Six players Who has been selected for their first World Cup Which are Vic Esson, Nadia Olla, Steph Skilton, Sarah Morton, Olivia Chance and Paige Satchell – while teen goalkeeper Anna Leat earlier ruled herself out of contention.
Football Ferns aka New Zealand Women’s football team starting the 2019 world cup campaign by playing the match against Netherlands on 12 June while in the group stage next game they face to Canada and Cameroon.
New Zealand Fifa Women’s World Cup 2019 squad
Goalkeepers: Vic Esson, Erin Nayler, Nadia Olla
Defenders: CJ Bott, Abby Erceg, Anna Green, Steph Skilton, Meikayla Moore, Sarah Morton, Ali Riley, Rebekah Stott
Midfielders: Katie Bowen, Olivia Chance, Daisy Cleverley, Katie Duncan, Annalie Longo, Betsy Hassett, Ria Percival
Forwards: Sarah Gregorius, Emma Kete, Paige Satchell, Rosie White, Hannah Wilkinson
Football Ferns’ Fifa Women’s World Cup Group E fixtures [all NZ time]
Wednesday, June 12, 1am v Netherlands
Sunday, June 16, 7am v Canada
Friday, June 21, 4am v Cameroon
Football Ferns’ upcoming friendlies [all NZ time]
Friday, May 17, 12pm v United States
Thursday, May 23, 6am v Mexico [behind closed doors] Sunday, June 2, 12am v England
Wednesday, June 5, 6am v Wales