7 Jun 2011

Two teenagers make Football Ferns squad

6:00 pm on 7 June 2011

Teenagers Katie Bowen and Erin Nayler have forced their way into the 21 strong Football Ferns squad for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany later this month.

Bowen, 17, represented New Zealand at Under -17 Women's World Cups in 2008 and 2010 and makes the squad as fullback and midfield cover.

Nayler, 19, was a standout performer at the Under -20 Women's World Cup in Germany last year and boosts the goalkeeping stocks behind Jenny Bindon and Aroon Clansey.

The squad is notable for continuity of selection and tournament experience with every member having played in at least one FIFA age-group or senior event.

New Zealand's first game is against Japan in Bochum on June 27 before taking on England on July 1 in Dresden and completing pool play against Mexico in Sinsheim four days later.

Before then they'll play Wales Colombia and Denmark in warm up internationals in Switzerland.

The rest of the squad is: Abby Erceg, Anna Green, Kristy Hill, Ria Percival , Ali Riley, Rebecca Smith (defenders); Betty Hassett, Katie Hoyle, Annalie Longo, Hayley Moorwood, Kirsty Yallop (midfield); Sarahn Gregorius, Amber Hearn, Emma Kete, Sarah McLaughlin, Rosie White, Hannah Wikinson (forwards).