New Zealand defender Meikayla Moore has been ruled out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup after rupturing her Achilles tendon in training in Le Havre, France.

The 23-year-old centre back, who has played 38 A internationals for New Zealand and was getting ready for her second FIFA Women’s World Cup, sustained the injury in the warm-up in the team’s second training session in France.

Football Ferns coach Tom Sermanni said he was deeply upset for Moore who is a young player that has grown to be an important member of the national team.

The replacement for Moore in the Football Ferns squad is Nicole Stratford.

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