Jayne Ludlow

Wales Women’s manager Jayne Ludlow pens four-year contract extension

Jayne Ludlow has signed a new four-year contract with the Football Association of Wales to extend her stay as the manager of the national team.

Ludlow succeeded Jarmo Matikainen as manager in October 2014, and has now decided to extend her contract ahead of the clash with England on August 31.

Wales take on the Lionesses in a winner-takes-all clash at Rodney Parade, with both sides hoping to qualify for next year’s World Cup in France.

Ludlow’s side currently sit top of their qualification group and one point ahead of England, who have a game in hand over their Welsh counterparts.

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Wales are also yet to concede a single goal in their qualifying campaign and conclude their group fixtures against the Lionesses.

Oklahoma forward Peyton Vincze, who last featured for Wales in their goalless draw with Russia earlier in the campaign, returns to the squad.

While Reading midfielder Natasha Harding and Watford striker Helen Ward as Ludlow looks to her more experienced players for the crucial clash.

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The 111-capped Jess Fishlock is also named in the squad, alongside Kayleigh Green who netted a brace against Russia in June.

Rodney Parade will play host to a sell-out crowd as Ludlow’s side look to make history by reaching their first ever major tournament finals.

The Wales squad in full: Claire Skinner, Olivia Clarke, Laura O’Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Sophie Ingle, Alice Griffiths, Rhiannon Roberts, Rachel Rowe, Gemma Evans, Elise Hughes, Jess Fishlock, Hayley Ladd, Angharad James, Nadia Lawrence, Natasha Harding, Ffion Morgan, Helen Ward, Kylie Nolan, Peyton Vincze, Kayleigh Green.

(Featured image: Lewis Mitchell)