Ireland coach Sean Dancer has named five uncapped players in his panel for the upcoming World Cup campaign which gets under way on 2 July at Amsterdam’s Wagener Stadium.

It is a fresh-faced side as the post-Olympic evolution of the Green Army continues apace.

Irish Under-21 captain Caoimhe Perdue, Christina Hamill and Siofra O’Brien all starred in the Junior World Cup in April and impressed - alongside Katie McKee and Charlotte Beggs - in recent challenge matches against Scotland and in Japan.

At the other end of the spectrum, the side features five players from the memorable 2018 run to the World Cup final, with Katie Mullan reprising her role as captain.

Ayeisha McFerran was named goalkeeper of the tournament in London four years ago and they are among the leaders in the group along with Lena Tice, Róisín Upton and Deirdre Duke.

"This has been a tough but a very enjoyable period."

"The team are excited about our progress and the opportunities that lie ahead over the next month, and know that anything is possible at a World Cup," said Dancer.

"Our entire group, players and staff have been working extremely hard over the last month, on the basics that a new group has to do. This has been a tough but a very enjoyable period."

Ireland start off on 2 July against the hosts and current world number one side, the Netherlands, with the 9,500-strong venue already sold out.

Next on the agenda is a 5 July date against tournament debutantes Chile (ranked 17th in the world) before concluding the group stage on 6 July against Germany, the world's fifth-ranked team.

The group winners advance to the quarter-finals with the second and third place facing an extra game to reach that stage in the crossover play-offs. Fourth in the group will go into the ninth to 16th place play-offs.

The semi-final and final will be played in Terrassa, Spain.

"The World Cup is always a tough tournament but what a great challenge to be playing the best team in the World, first game up, in front of their home crowd," Dancer added.

"We have set our sights firmly on a positive result versus Chile, and will approach the play-off games day by day, when we get to that point."

The side conclude their preparations for the World Cup at Belfield this week with the SoftCo Series. Ireland take on Japan four times: on Saturday 18 June (4pm), Sunday 19 June (4pm), Wednesday 22 June (5pm) and Thursday 23 June (7pm).

Ireland panel (caps in brackets)

Ayeisha McFerran (goalkeeper, SV Kampong (NED), 113)
Elizabeth Murphy (goalkeeper, Loreto, 13)
Caoimhe Perdue (UCC, 0)
Charlotte Beggs (Ulster Elks, 0)
Christina Hamill (Loreto, 0)
Deirdre Duke (Old Alex, 154 )
Ellen Curran (Pembroke, 27)
Erin Getty (Queen’s, 11)
Hannah McLoughlin (UCD, 26)
Katie McKee (Pegasus, 0)
Katie Mullan (captain, Ballymoney, 206)
Lena Tice (Old Alex, 122)
Michelle Carey (UCD, 10)
Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute, 121)
Roisin Upton (vice-captain, Catholic Institute, 89)
Sarah Hawkshaw (Railway Union, 46)
Sarah McAuley (UCD, 9)
Sarah Torrans (Loreto, 33)
Siofra O’Brien (Loreto, 0)
Zara Malseed (Ards, 7)

Group A schedule (all at Wagener Stadium, Amsterdam)

2 July: Ireland v Netherlands, 6.30pm

5 July: Ireland v Chile, 1pm

6 July: Ireland v Germany, 3.30pm