CanWNT announces roster for April friendly against France

The Canadian women’s national team will continue preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia & New Zealand in Le Mans, France next month.

On Wednesday, Bev Priestman announced her squad for that camp, which will include a friendly against the 5th-ranked French national team on April 11 at 3:00 p.m. ET /12 p.m. PT (broadcast live on OneSoccer).

With national team regulars Desiree Scott, Deanne Rose, Nichelle Prince, Janine Beckie and Shelina Zadorsky all missing out through injury, Priestman’s lineup includes a few notable changes from that which represented Canada at the SheBelieves Cup in February.

Manchester United fullback Jayde Rivière returns from injury and could be a key player for Canada at this summer’s World Cup. The squad also includes dual-national defender Sydney Collins, fullback Bianca St-Georges and 17-year-old attacker Amanda Allen.

Canada last played against France at the 2020 Tournoi de France, losing 1-0. They have not defeated the French national team since the quarter-finals of the 2016 Summer Olympics, losing their last two meetings by a score of 1-0.

Priestman must soon make the difficult decision of whittling that roster down to 23 players to take to the tournament proper, which kicks off for Canada on July 21, 2023.

Here is the full Canadian squad:

CANADA GK- Sabrina D’Angelo | ENG / Arsenal FC GK- Lysianne Proulx | POR / SCU Torreense GK- Kailen Sheridan | USA / San Diego Wave FC CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | ENG / Chelsea FC CB- Vanessa Gilles | FRA / FCF Olympique Lyonnais CB/FB- Sydney Collins | USA / NC Courage CB/FB- Jade Rose | USA / Harvard University CB/FB- Sura Yekka | FRA / Le Havre AC  FB- Allysha Chapman | USA / Houston Dash FB- Gabrielle Carle | USA / Washington Spirit  FB- Ashley Lawrence | FRA / Paris Saint-Germain FB- Jayde Riviere | ENG / Manchester United FC FB- Bianca St-Georges | USA / Chicago Red Stars  M- Quinn | USA / OL Reign M- Simi Awujo | USA / University of Southern California M- Jessie Fleming | ENG / Chelsea FC M- Julia Grosso | ITA / Juventus FC M- Sophie Schmidt | USA / Houston Dash F- Amanda Allen | CAN / NDC-CDN Ontario F- Jordyn Huitema | USA / OL Reign F- Cloé Lacasse | POR / SL Benfica F- Clarissa Larisey | SWE / BK Häcken FF  F- Christine Sinclair | USA / Portland Thorns FC F- Adriana Leon | ENG / Manchester United FC F- Evelyne Viens | SWE / Kristianstads DFF