Ireland v China live: Follow the action in the World Cup warm-up game

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Vera Pauw’s women aim for a good performance and result in preparation for the summer

The colour purple will be visible today. Historically the hue represents efforts to achieve gender equality, with Katie McCabe’s team choosing to follow the lead of US and English players by wearing purple wristbands to support the Canadian women’s squad who are preparing for the World Cup “under protest” due to their federation’s funding disparity.

China, ranked 14th by Fifa, seven places ahead of Ireland, recently lost 4-1 to Sweden as they also prepare for the World Cup, having been drawn in England’s group.Megan Connolly is more than ready to play her part in Ireland’s cause, writes soccer correspondent Gavin Cummiskey. The Brighton stalwart is looking forward to the World Cup after showing the depths of her resilience in the win over Finland.


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