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Seven Blades get international call

4 October 2019

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Seven Sheffield United Women players have been called up for international duty over the coming week before the side return to domestic action at Crystal Palace next Sunday.

Aimee Palmer, Ellie Fletcher, Naomi Hartley, Keri Matthews and Izzy Ford are all with various England youth teams while Veatriki Sarri and Becky Flaherty have been called up for Greece and Northern Ireland respectively as both sides look to qualify for Euro 2021.

Sarri faces her first qualifier of the year against Germany in Thessaloniki, meaning the Blades winger will be coming up against the likes of Lyon's Dzsenifer Marozsan and Wolfsburg's Alexandra Popp when the sides meet on Tuesday.

Flaherty has been called up to a Northern Ireland training camp after being drafted into the squad last month for qualifiers against Norway and Wales.

A late draw in Newport saw Flaherty's side walk away with a hard-fought point and while they don't have a competitive match this week, the training camp will provide good preparation for their next set of qualifiers next month in the reverse matches against the same opponents.

On-loan duo Palmer and Fletcher are once again with the England Under 21 side for a training camp this week while defender Hartley is in the midst of a three-game qualifying group as the young Under 19 Lionesses look to qualify for next summer's European Championships.

Hartley was an unused sub as England swept aside Cyprus 8-0 in their opening game hosted by group rivals Belarus on Wednesday, and the team face the hosts on Saturday before wrapping up proceedings against Serbia on Tuesday afternoon.

Winger Matthews and midfielder Ford, the latter currently on loan at FA WNL side Derby County, are currently part of an Under 18s training camp at St. George's Park as they look to continue their progress away from United for the time being.

Both have proven to be exciting young players in the Blades first team with Ford getting game time last season before going on loan, while 16-year-old Matthews has been a regular in the team so far this season after joining from York City's Regional Talent Centre.

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