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Jayne Ludlow has named a strong Wales Women's squad for the upcoming Cyprus Cup tournament.
Wales have been placed in Group A alongside Finland, Italy and Switzerland, and will be keen to improve on last years 6th place finish.
Captain Sophie Ingle will again lead a squad that includes centurion Jessica Fishlock, whilst the Orchard Welsh Premier Women's League is represented by Swansea City's Ellie Lake together with Cyncoed Ladies duo Laura O'Sullivan and Gwen Davies.
Lake and Davies are two of three uncapped players named along with Elise Hughes of Everton, while Amina Vine, Alice Griffiths and Nadia Lawrence will represent the Wales Performance Squad.
Helen Ward and Charlie Estcourt both scored Wales in each of the last two Cyprus Cup tournaments, and are also included in Ludlow's squad of 24 players.
The competition starts for Wales against Finland on 28th February, and will end on 7th March when the final places will be decided.
This will be the third year in succession that Wales have competed at the tournament, and the four fixtures will form a crucial part of Ludlow's preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier away to England in April.
Wales conceded just once in four games during the Cyprus Cup tournament last year, and the defensive improvement has continued into the current World Cup qualifying campaign.
Twelve nations will once again compete for the Cyprus Cup this year, and once the three groups of four have been completed, a further round of games will take place on the final day to decide the overall standings.
Last year Wales were denied a fifth place finish through a penalty shootout defeat to Scotland. For more information on the tournament visit www.cypruswomenscup.net. (faw.cymru)
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