Jessie Stapleton and Izzy Atkinson called up to Ireland squad for final World Cup Qualifier

Izzy Atkinson in action for the Ireland u-19 team

Izzy Atkinson in action for the Ireland u-19 team Credit: Martin Doherty (ETPhotos)

Vera Pauw has brought in two players for their final Group A game of the World Cup Qualifying campaign against Slovakia on Tuesday.

Shelbourne's 17-year-old defender Jessie Stapleton, who has one senior cap, and West Ham United's Isibeal Atkinson, who has four international caps to her name, came into camp on Friday.

Ireland’s 1-0 win over Finland secured the play-off spot that the girls in green coveted but came at a slight cost with four players departing the squad ahead of the trip to Slovakia.

Niamh Fahey missed the Finland game due to a groin strain and fresh injuries mean Ruesha Littlejohn (foot) and Megan Connolly (ribs) will not travel. Neither will Jamie Finn whose second half yellow card means she is suspended.

Republic of Ireland WNT Squad
Goalkeepers: Courtney Brosnan (Everton), Grace Moloney (Reading), Megan Walsh (Brighton & Hove Albion), Eve Badana (DLR Waves)
Defenders: Harriet Scott (Birmingham City), Claire O’Riordan (Celtic), Diane Caldwell (Reading), Louise Quinn (Birmingham City), Jessie Stapleton (Shelbourne), Hayley Nolan (London City Lionesses), Chloe Mustaki (Bristol City), Megan Campbell (Liverpool), Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United)
Midfielders: Katie McCabe (Arsenal), Denise O’Sullivan (North Carolina Courage), Ciara Grant (Hearts), Lily Agg (London City Lionesses), Ellen Molloy (Wexford Youths), Jess Ziu (West Ham United), Lucy Quinn (Birmingham City), Isibeal Atkinson (West Ham United)
Forwards: Heather Payne (Florida State University), Amber Barrett (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Leanne Kiernan (Liverpool), Abbie Larkin (Shelbourne), Saoirse Noonan (Durham WFC)