Ireland begins its World Cup qualifying campaign on Thursday night with a crunch clash against Sweden at Tallaght Stadium.
After turning aside Australia in the last break, Vera Pauw’s Ireland returns to competition action on Thursday night when they face Sweden at Tallaght Stadium.
The girls in green missed the Euro 2021 qualifier in their latest qualifying campaign, but they are entering this campaign with a renewed sense of confusion and confidence after meeting Australia last month.
However, Sweden will be a real challenge for Ireland, with the Swedes impressing during the Olympics in Tokyo when Ireland watched the matches from home.
You can see our live blog, which will have regular updates throughout the match, at the bottom of this paragraph.
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We “We want to enter this campaign and believe that we will qualify for the World Cup. We must go positively with that mindset.”
– FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) October 18, 2021
Ireland against Sweden.
As mentioned, Ireland will enter this international window with one point to prove after missing the qualifier for the European Championships.
Pauw’s side started their euro campaign long before they suffered a terrible defeat away to Ukraine for all, but stopped hoping to qualify for their first major tournament ever.
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However, the girls in green are an emerging force and they will make sure to lean towards their previous heartache to see them across the border when it comes to World Cup qualifiers.
Although automatic qualification may be out of reach, their eyes will be fixed on reaching a play-off with Sweden and Finland in their group.
Sweden, the group favorites, are ranked second in FIFA’s world rankings, just behind the USA, which occupies the top position after missing a winning gold against Canada in the Olympic final.
They enter Thursday’s match after winning their opening group game in the World Cup qualifier against Georgia 4-0 last month.
Which TV channel can I watch the match Ireland against Sweden?
Ireland against Qatar will be forwarded RTÉ 2.
Construction begins at 18.30 before the studio hands over to the commentary team at Tallaght Stadium in time for one 19.00 kick-off. The match will also be available to stream on RTÉ players.
Ireland’s team news.
When it comes to team news for Ireland, they come into the game with pure health, with few injuries to note.
However, midfielder Roma McLaughlin was a late inclusion in the squad after Kyra Carusa withdrew from the squad with an injury that was taken on Monday.
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Of the current squad, seven home-based players are involved, with Shelbourne having the most representatives with three players. Galway WFC, DLR Waves, Peamount United and Wexford Youths also have representatives in the squad.
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