Edwards and Foster called into Ferns

Brianna Edwards and Michaela Foster will join the Football Ferns squad in Hamilton today to prepare for the team’s internationals against Portugal and Argentina.

Edwards, 20, has been called up to replace first-choice goalkeeper Vic Esson, who is injured.

The New Zealand U-20 international was in the Ferns squad that played the U.S.A. last month.

She has started all 11 of the Phoenix’s matches this season in the absence of club captain Lily Alfeld.

Foster, a former New Zealand age group international, has been called into the senior squad for the first time after impressing for the Nix, playing every minute of her first professional season.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – NOVEMBER 20: Michaela Foster of the Phoenix controls the ball under pressure from Kaitlyn Torpey of Melbourne City during the round one A-League Women’s match between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City at Sky Stadium, on November 20, 2022, in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The 24-year-old replaces club mate Grace Wisnewski as the Ferns’ training player.

Wisnewski has withdrawn from the squad for personal reasons and will remain with the Phoenix during the international window.

Betsy Hassett, Paige Satchell, Mackenzie Barry and Kate Taylor will also assemble with the Football Ferns in Hamilton today.

The Ferns’ match against 22nd ranked Portugal is this Friday night (February 17) at Waikato Stadium. They will meet 29th ranked Argentina at the same venue next Monday (February 20), before playing the Argentines again at North Harbour Stadium on the following Thursday night (February 23).

Foster will re-join the Phoenix after the first match against Argentina with Hassett, Satchell, Barry, Taylor and Edwards to return to club duties just a couple of days before the team’s round 15 match against Sydney FC at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday, February 26.