Nix quintet called up to full-strength Ferns

Five Wellington Phoenix players have been called into the Football Ferns for their upcoming home internationals against Portugal and Argentina.

Veteran midfielder Betsy Hassett, first-choice forward Paige Satchell and young defender Mackenzie Barry have kept their places in the Ferns squad after featuring against the U.S.A. last month.

Barry’s centre back partner Kate Taylor has also been recalled, after missing last month’s internationals with a foot injury, while 20-year-old midfielder Grace Wisnewski has been named as a training player.

The quintet will go into camp in Hamilton upon the team’s return home from Sunday’s round 14 Liberty A-League match against Western Sydney Wanderers.

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

Hassett, Satchell, Barry, Taylor and Wisnewski will re-join the Phoenix ahead of the team’s round 15 match against Sydney FC at North Harbour Stadium on Sunday, February 26.