Wales Women's manager Jayne Ludlow will use Cyprus Cup as a World Cup tune-up

Wales action shot (goal celebration)
Wales Women v Israel Women, European Women's Championship 2017 Qualifier - Helen Lander celebrates her goal with Natasha Harding and Jessica Fishlock

Manager Jayne Ludlow says she will use the Cyprus Cup as preparation for Wales' World Cup qualifying campaign.

Wales kick-off their involvement in the Cyprus Cup on Wednesday, 1 March, with a game against Hungary in the annual invitational friendly tournament.

"It is about developing and putting us on a good footing so that when those World Cup qualifiers start in September, we compete from the off," she told BBC Wales Sport.

"We need to get to the next level now."

She continued: "We have a squad of 23 and they are all capable of stepping on that pitch and competing well for their nation."

Wales are in a group with Hungary, Republic of Ireland and the Czech Republic.

Wales face Czech Republic on Friday, 3 March and Republic of Ireland on Monday, 6 March, with a finals day on Wednesday, 8 March.

Wales Women's' Squad: Claire Skinner (Cyncoed), Laura O'Sullivan (Cardiff City Ladies), Emma Gibbon (Eastern Suburbs FC), Loren Dykes (Bristol City Women), Hannah Miles (Cardiff City Ladies), Hayley Ladd (Bristol City Women), Sophie Ingle (Liverpool), Gemma Evans (Cardiff City Ladies), Shaunna Jenkins (Cardiff City Ladies), Jess Fishlock (Seattle Reign FC - on loan at Melbourne City), Angharad James (Notts County Ladies), Charlie Estcourt (Reading FC Women), Bronwen Thomas (Brighton & Hove Albion Women), Georgia Evans (Bristol City Women), Nadia Lawrence (Yeovil Town Ladies), Helen Ward (Yeovil Town Ladies), Natasha Harding (Liverpool), Rachel Rowe (Reading FC Women), Kayleigh Green (Chieti), Melissa Fletcher (Reading FC Women), Rhiannon Roberts (Doncaster Rovers Belles), Amina Vine (Bristol City Women), Emma Beynon (Swansea City Ladies).

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