UK news Returning Irish League duo giving Northern Ireland perfect boost in Euro quest, admits Shiels last news
MetiNews.Com - At a time when what previously, at best, was a trickle is starting to become something of a flow as Northern Ireland's best female football talent move to England and Scotland, it is two home-based stars whose attitudes are setting an example.
Breaking News ! "At a time when what previously, at best, was a trickle is starting to become something of a flow as Northern Ireland's best female football talent move to England and Scotland, it is two home-based stars whose attitudes are setting an example. And both are in line to end long absences from the Northern Ireland scene by being selected in Kenny Shiels' starting line-up for tomorrow's crunch Euro 2022 qualifier in the Faroe Islands.Experienced Glentoran Women midfield ace Nadene Caldwell hasn't pulled on the green shirt since a previous encounter with the Faroes six years ago. After overcoming the injury that caused her to miss the end of the last domestic season and the opening games of Shiels' reign, Nadene is ready to add to her 56 caps."Nadene Caldwell has been fantastic," said Shiels. "She has worked her tail off. She has worked right through the pandemic, still made training when she could and has been fantastic in both her performances and her attitude. "She has been outrageously good. She's a really down to earth girl who wants to play for her country. I can't ask for any more than that when they come in and give 100%.
. She was very unfortunate to get injured in August last year. The fact that she was so loyal to me and that she was playing so well has got her into the squad."Chasing a victory that would be the perfect start to a second half of the campaign in which Northern Ireland are targeting four victories in order to have a chance of making the play-offs - four wins would seal a place provided Norway win their two matches against Wales - Shiels knows that he needs goals.Therefore, having last season's top Women's Premiership goalscorer back in the reckoning is perfectly timed.Kirsty McGuinness returns to the squad after last being capped two years ago, and with personal commitments now out of the way, she could replace her former Linfield Ladies team-mate Megan Bell, who misses out through a broken leg."Kirsty never let me down. It was just at the start she didn't feel that she was ready to come in," said Shiels."We heard that she would be interested in coming back in, we made the phone call and she's been brilliant and hasn't missed a session. She seems to be enjoying it.""
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