Jess Fishlock: Seattle Reign player to play on for Wales, says Jayne Ludlow

Jess Fishlock
Jess Fishlock made her international debut against Switzerland in 2006

Wales' most capped footballer Jess Fishlock will play on for her country in the next international campaign, says manager Jayne Ludlow.

The 32-year-old had contemplated international retirement.

Fishlock, on loan at Lyon from Seattle Reign, has told Ludlow she wants to play in the Euro 2021 qualifying tournament, which starts in August.

Ludlow has included the midfielder in Wales' squad for the friendly in Italy on 22 January.

"With any of our older ones we hope they can play as long as possible. Jess is no different," Ludlow said.

"She has said she is happy to push and play in the next campaign.

"Obviously fitness and performances levels have to be taken into account but I can't imagine they will drop. So yes she will be involved with us in the next campaign."

Fishlock had told BBC Sport in 2018 that the World Cup campaign, in which Wales finished second to England in the qualifiers, could be her last at international level.

But the player, capped 112 times by her country, has been named in Ludlow's squad for the friendly against Italy after missing the November friendlies against Portugal.

Wales manager Jayne Ludlow
Wales manager Jayne Ludlow played for Arsenal

"Jess is her own person she's very mature and has played at the top level for a long time," Ludlow added.

"She is our most experienced player. Any player above 100 caps is definitely one we want in our environment.

"We have a bunch of 70 plus caps in the squad right now. We hope they all stay fit and can definitely participate in the next campaign."

Bristol City's Loren Dykes also returns to the squad having been rested for the Portugal games.

Brighton striker Kayleigh Green is suspended for the game in Cesena, but will be at the training camp.

Green was sent-off in the 0-0 draw against Portugal.

Cardiff City Ladies trio Cori Williams, Emma Jones and Grace Harrell are among the uncapped players included in a squad of 24 along with Anna Fibley of Tottenham Hotspur.

Hayley Ladd could win her 50th caps if she features against an Italian side who have qualified for this summer's World Cup finals in France.

Hannah Miles replaces the injured Ffion Morgan.

Ludlow confirmed she will be attending the Euro 2021 qualifying draw in Nyon, on 21 February.

Wales squad: Laura O'Sullivan (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Claire Skinner (Cardiff City Women), Sophie Ingle (Chelsea FC Women), Hayley Ladd (Birmingham City Ladies), Loren Dykes (Bristol City WFC), Megan Wynne (Tottenham Hotspur LFC), Gemma Evans (Bristol City WFC), Hannah Miles (Pontypridd) , Nadia Lawrence (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Rhiannon Roberts (Liverpool FC Women),Charlie Estcourt (Reading FC Women), Cori Williams (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Natasha Harding (Reading FC Women ), Anna Filbey (Tottenham Hotspur LFC), Angharad James (Everton Ladies), Elise Hughes (Everton Ladies FC), Jess Fishlock (Lyon - on loan from Seattle Reign) Kayleigh Green (Brighton & Hove Albion WFC), Gwen Davies (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Kylie Nolan (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Ella Powell (Georgia State University), Helen Ward (Watford Ladies FC), Emma Jones (Cardiff City Ladies FC), Grace Horrell (Cardiff City Ladies FC)

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