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WSL international break: How players are faring for their countries

Ali Rampling
Chelsea's Millie Bright and Jessie Fleming both impressed in the Arnold Clark Cup
Chelsea's Millie Bright and Jessie Fleming both impressed in the Arnold Clark Cup / Stu Forster/GettyImages
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The WSL has paused for the week, with the league's stars jetting off on international duty.

A series of friendly tournaments - the Algarve Cup, Tournoi de France, Pinatar Cup, SheBelieves Cup and Arnold Clark Cup - are all currently taking place across the globe.

An assortment of the league's stars were in action as Wales beat Scotland 3-1 in the quarter finals of the Pinatar Cup.

Jess Fishlock grabbed a brace; the first from the penalty spot after Brighton's Kayleigh Green was fouled, and the second from close range following a clever back heel from Reading's Tash Harding. Green and Harding then combined for Wales' third, the former crossing for the latter to flick home.

Harding's Reading teammate Gemma Evans, Manchester United's Hayley Ladd and Chelsea's Sophie Ingle all started for Wales, while Caroline Weir of Manchester City, Jen Beattie of Arsenal and Claire Emslie of Everton each played 90 minutes for Scotland.

The Republic or Ireland joined Wales in the competition's semi finals as they came from a goal behind to beat Poland 2-1. Arsenal's Katie McCabe laid on assists for both goals, with Birmingham striker Lucy Quinn netting the equaliser and her club teammate and namesake Louise Quinn popping up with the winner 15 minutes from time.

Brighton's Megan Connolly and Aston Villa's Ruesha Littlejohn played the full 90 together in central midfield, while the fixture also saw Liverpool captain Niamh Fahey win her 100th Ireland cap.

Elsewhere in the Pinatar Cup, Chelsea's new recruit Alsu Abdullina was in action for Russia as her side twice surrendered their lead in a 2-2 draw with Hungary, before eventually progressing to the semi-finals on penalties.

There was an assortment of WSL stars in action as Netherlands and Brazil began their Tournoi de France campaign with a 1-1 draw against each other. Manchester United midfielder Jackie Groenen, Chelsea defender Aniek Nouwen and Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema all started for the Dutch, while Miedema's clubmate Rafaella lined up for Brazil.

Manchester United pair Maria Thorisdottir and Vilde Boe Risa, new Manchester City signing Julie Blakstad and Chelsea utility star Guro Reiten were all in the Norway starting XI for their Algarve Cup clash with Portugal, but couldn't prevent their side from suffering a 2-0 defeat.

Everton's Aurora Galli was in action for Italy as they opened their Algarve Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Denmark. Manchester United loanee Signe Bruun started for the Danes, while Chelsea's Pernille Harder was an unused sub. However, the pair will play no further part in the tournament, after Denmark withdrew following four positive Covid-19 tests in camp.

Numerous WSL players featured during England's 1-1 draw with Canada in the Arnold Clark Cup. Chelsea's Millie Bright and Manchester City's Janine Beckie were on the scoresheet in either half, while Bright's Chelsea teammate Jessie Fleming turned in a player of the match performance.

In the competition's other fixture, Manchester United full-back Ona Batlle was her typically dynamic self, playing the full 90 minutes as Spain and Germany drew 1-1.

In the SheBelieves Cup, West Ham's Dagny Brynjarsdottir scored the tournament's only goal thus far, scrambling home from a corner after just 43 seconds as Iceland beat New Zealand 1-0. Brynjarsdottir will reach 100 caps if she features in Iceland's final two SheBelieves Cup fixtures.

Her Hammers teammate Katerina Svitkova was also in action at the SheBelieves Cup, playing the full 90 as the Czech Republic surprisingly held an experimental United States side to a 0-0 draw.

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