Women’s internationals: Six Aston Villa players called-up to represent their nations - including Rachel Daly

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We take a look at the six Aston Villa players who have been called-up by their nations during the international break.

Six Aston Villa Women’s players have been called-up to represent their nations during the upcoming international break.

The Villans have won both of their Women’s Super League games heading into the break and sit third in the table on goal difference.

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Carla Ward’s side beat Manchester City 4-3 in their opening league game before securing a 2-0 win over Leicester City the following week.

The international break comes at arguably the worst time for Villa given their form and will be hoping to make it three wins in as many games when they face Manchester United in their Group A League Cup fixture on Saturday.

Villa are undefeated so far this season, winning both of their WSL games. Credit: Getty. Villa are undefeated so far this season, winning both of their WSL games. Credit: Getty.
Villa are undefeated so far this season, winning both of their WSL games. Credit: Getty.

Ward’s side will then have to wait until October 15 until their next match, when they welcome West Ham United to the Poundland Bescot Stadium.

With that being said, let’s take a look at which six Villans could represent their countries during the break…

Kirsty Hanson - Scotland

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The Manchester United loanee has started both of Villa’s league games this season and is their third-best performing player so far with an average rating of 7.93, according to FotMob. She could feature in Scotland’s World Cup Qualifier against Austria on October 6.

Rachel Corsie - Scotland

The experienced defender joined Villa on a free transfer in January and has featured in both of their games so far. She is captain of her nation and will likely start in their match against Austria.

Anna Leat - New Zealand

The 21-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Villa this campaign and is expected to be Hannah Hampton’s understudy this season. She featured as a 78th minute substitute in New Zealand’s 2-1 win over Philippines in September.

Kenza Dali - France

The midfielder is another summer recruit for Villa, scoring once and registering the same number of assists so far. She was an unused substitute in France’s last match, but could feature in their friendlies against Germany on Friday and Sweden on the following Tuesday.

Corsie (L) and Hanson (C) have been called-up for Scotland for their World Cup qualifier again Austria. Credit: Getty. Corsie (L) and Hanson (C) have been called-up for Scotland for their World Cup qualifier again Austria. Credit: Getty.
Corsie (L) and Hanson (C) have been called-up for Scotland for their World Cup qualifier again Austria. Credit: Getty.

Emily Gielnik - Australia

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The forward scored Villa’s second goal against Leicester - her third for the club. She faces tough competition for a starting spot for Australia, but could feature from the bench when they take on South Africa and Denmark.

Rachel Daly - England

The versatile player is Villa’s top scorer this season, scoring three times so far - including a brace against Manchester City. Though she has started as a forward for Ward’s side, it’s likely she’ll feature at full-back for England in their upcoming friendly games against the United States and Czech Republic.

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