Women’s international round-up: 14 players represent their countries

How did our internationals get on over the break?

By Heather Miller • 02 November 2023

By Norwegian International Team
Guro Bergsvand, Elisabeth Terland and Maria Thorisdottir represented Norway over the international break.

Fourteen members of the Albion squad have returned from the ten-day international break.

Norway – Guro Bergsvand, Elisabeth Terland and Maria Thorisdottir  

Our Norwegian trio faced France in Oslo and Reims for their UEFA Nations League games.

The two clashes ended with a defeat and a draw for Norway after Les Blues clinched a 2-1 win in their first meeting. Norway now sit fourth in League A with two points, just behind Portugal with three points.  

Despite the results, it was a special international break for Terland after she achieved 25 appearances for Norway in their first clash against France.  

England U23 – Poppy Pattinson and Katie Robinson 

Our Lionesses duo were both called up to Emma Coates’s U23 squad for their European Championship qualifiers, with the pair starting in both games.  

The young Lionesses faced Italy in Vercelli where Pattinson netted the opening goal to give her side the lead, but they were held to a 1-1 draw after Italy found an equaliser. 

The squad then headed to Manchester to host Portugal on Tuesday evening where Coates’s team secured a 2-0 victory to positively end their break.  

Poppy Pattinson captains England U23 against Italy.

Colombia – Jorelyn Carabali  

Jorelyn played two full 90 minutes as she represented Colombia in their friendlies against the USA last week.  

Vlatko Andonovski’s squad hosted the Colombians in Utah and California last week, where Colombia suffered a defeat and a draw.

South Korea – Geummin Lee 

South Korea kick-started their run of Olympic qualifiers games in Xiamen against Thailand, with Lee coming off the bench to make an immediate impact, scoring their sixth goal in a 10-1 win.  

South Korea were then held to a goalless draw against Korea DPR on Sunday, before a 1-1 draw against China on Wednesday.  

China – Li Mengwen 

Li was also involved in the Olympic qualifiers during this international break as China took on South Korea, Thailand, and Korea DPR in Xiamen.  

Our defender came on as a substitute for China in their match against Korea DPR which ended in a narrow 2-1 defeat. The squad then went on to win against Thailand before drawing to South Korea on Wednesday.  

China now sit third in Group B of the Olympic qualifiers.

Greece – Veatriki Sarri  

Vea featured in the starting line-up for Greece’s double header against Ukraine in their Nations League run.  

She went on to play two full 90 minutes for her country where they gained one win and a loss. Greece now sit fourth in Group 3 of League B.  

Vea representing Greece against Ukraine

Portugal – Tatiana Pinto  

Tatiana was named in Portugal’s starting XI against Austria in their double header in the Nations League. 

Portugal suffered two 2-1 defeats to Austria, but the Portuguese midfielder was able to score a goal for her country in their first meeting.  

Portugal remain third in Group E table with four points.  

Sweden – Julia Zigiotti and Emma Kullberg  

Julia came on as a substitute for Sweden in their 1-0 win against Switzerland last week.  

Emma received a late call-up in Malmo as they prepared for their second game against Italy at the Eleda Stadion that ended in a 1-1 draw. 

Belgium – Nicky Evrard 

Nicky was called up to the Belgium squad for a double header against England. 

The Albion goalkeeper started in both clashes with Sarina Weigman’s Lionesses which saw them beaten 1-0 before winning 3-2 on Tuesday to put them second in League A.