Pages Navigation Menu

News Around the World

England Women’s World Cup 2019 squad: Latest team news, fixtures and injury updates

As a player, Phil Neville had to get used to the enormous expectation levels surrounding England before every major tournament and they are soaring once again following their first match in the Women’s World Cup in France.

In March, Neville’s side beat 2015 World Cup runners-up Japan 3-0 to win the SheBelieves Cup – setting down a marker ahead of their World Cup opener against Scotland in Nice on June 9.

While English optimism has often been of the rose-tinted glasses variety, there is a huge amount of goodwill behind Neville’s Lionesses for whom a semi-final berth will be the immediate target. Then who knows what is possible?

Women’s football has made huge strides in England since they finished third at the 2015 tournament, with many players becoming household names, media exposure on the rise and the game much more visible on television.

With the BBC broadcasting every match of the tournament, Neville knows his side have a gilt-edged opportunity to cement the women’s game in the consciousness of the masses.

Who is in England’s World Cup squad?

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Mary Earps (Wolfsburg), Carly Telford (Chelsea)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester United), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Abbie McManus (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Reading), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City)

Forwards: Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign), Ellen White (Birmingham City)

Who is in England’s World Cup group?

Group D

  1. England
  2. Scotland
  3. Argentina
  4. Japan

What is England’s opening match?

It’s against Scotland on June 9. Kick-off is at 5pm BST.

What are England’s full group fixtures?

Sunday, June 9

England 2-1 Scotland (5pm, Nice) – BBC One

Friday, June 14

England vs Argentina (5pm, Le Havre) – BBC One

Wednesday, June 19

Japan vs England (8pm, Nice) – BBC One

Read the full Women’s World Cup fixtures here.

What is England’s World Cup record?

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalties.

What’s the latest team news?

Phil Neville says England welcome the expectation on them as they head into the first match of their Women’s World Cup campaign, Sunday’s encounter with Scotland.

The Lionesses’ Group D opener sees them face the Scots at Nice’s Allianz Riviera.

Boss Neville was asked during his pre-match press conference at the stadium about England being favourites for the contest and seen as one of the contenders for the tournament.

And he said: “I think we’ve been handling that type of expectation for the last 12 months, or probably since I came into the job (in January 2018).

“We know and like the pressure being on us. We’re not going to hide away from the fact that we want to come to this competition and do well.”

England are ranked third in the world, 17 places higher than Scotland, who are at a finals of the competition for the first time.

Neville, whose side will also face Argentina and Japan in Group D, added: “We know tomorrow we are probably the favourites for the game because of our world ranking, but we also know and have huge respect for the opposition.

“We’ve watched a lot of them, I’ve watched a lot of their individuals play, I’m a big admirer of their manager (Shelley Kerr).

“Probably, if you are thinking about our games in the group stages, this is our toughest game by far. I think Scotland can go a long way in the competition with the quality they have got.”

England thrashed Scotland 6-0 when the teams last played each other, at Euro 2017.

England captain Steph Houghton said at Saturday’s press conference: “I think looking at the Euro 2017 game they were hit with a lot of injuries to key players (Kim Little and Jen Beattie were ruled out of the tournament by injury) and they’ve got those players back now.

“They’ve grown a lot over the last two years. They’ve qualified for their first World Cup, they’ve beaten Brazil (1-0 in April). We know they’ve improved as a team.”

Toni Duggan of England poses for a portrait during the official FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 portrait session at Radisson Blu Hotel Nice on June 06, 2019 in Nice, France

Toni Duggan will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the opening game Credit: Getty Images

England, under Mark Sampson, reached the semi-finals of that tournament, having come third at Canada 2015 – their best Women’s World Cup performance.

And Neville said: “We want to recreate the spirit of the 2015 team. They went to the World Cup as massive underdogs, probably didn’t have the expectation that this team has now, probably didn’t have the pressure that this team does now.

“But the spirit and togetherness of that team… If we want to be successful, I want the togetherness and spirit of the team of 2015, because if we have that then I’m almost certain that we will be successful.

“If we don’t then we will end up with egg on our faces, and that is the challenge for us.”

England forward Toni Duggan (thigh) and defender Demi Stokes (knee) will undergo fitness tests ahead of the match and Neville said he was confident both would be fit for selection.

He also said he expects the team he names on Sunday will be different to those for the Argentina and Japan matches.

Towards the end of the press conference, Neville was told by one questioner that the perception of British football in France was that it was “based on fighting, impact, intensity”.

And he said: “I think your image is wrong to be honest.

“I don’t want to be insulting to anyone. I think our WSL (Women’s Super League) is better than the French league, I think our style of football is really good, I don’t think it is all about kick and rush, and hopefully you’ll see that tomorrow night.”

PA

What are the odds for England vs Scotland?

  • England win 1/4
  • Draw 13/2
  • Scotland win 14/1
468 ad

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

code