Can the Lionesses do it again at the Women’s World Cup?

Date: 20/02/23

After their famous win at the Women’s Euros last year, all eyes are firmly fixed on Sarina Wiegman’s England team as the Women’s World Cup approaches this summer. The question on everyone’s lips is can the lionesses do it again, or will reigning Women’s World Cup champions, USA, score a hattrick, following their wins in the last two tournaments?

 

A confident coach

England Women’s coach, Sarina Wieghman is certainly confident, saying in a recent interview that “We’re not going to the Women’s World Cup just to play, we’re going to win”. As a coach, Wieghman certainly knows her way around the Women’s World Cup, having taken the Netherlands all the way to the final last time out, where they were beaten by the USA.

The bookies are sitting firmly on the fence between England and USA, with USA 3/1 and England just a half a point longer at 7/2 (3½/1). Germany, Spain and France are the only other teams out of the 32 finalists with odds under 10/1.

 

Fantastic form

The stars are certainly aligning for England, with a huge unbeaten run of 29 games stretching back to April 2021. This includes their 2022 Euros win, where they saw off many of their main European rivals for the Women’s World Cup. Perhaps more importantly, they beat fellow favourites, USA, last October with a 2-1 victory at Wembley.

That said, England are not the only team in Group D with form. Denmark have reached the Women’s World Cup finals with eight wins from eight in their qualifying group. China’s Steel Roses are also a team to watch in the group, having made it through to the knockout stages in the last eight Women’s World Cup competitions. Qualifiers Haiti complete England’s group, but are unlikely to pose any threat.

 

Loss of experience

The one fly in England’s ointment could be their lack of experience. With the retirement of Queen of the Jungle, Jill Scott and record scorer, Ellen White, England lose 274 caps worth of experience. The 50 cap winning Sports Personality of the Year, and Golden Boot winner at Euro 2022, Beth Mead, is also in doubt, after an anterior cruciate ligament injury put her out for the rest of this season. She is now in a race to book her seat on the plane to Australia and New Zealand.

Of course, experience isn’t everything, and England have plenty of bright stars rising in their ranks. Ones to watch include Manchester United star, Alessia Russo, leading WSL scorer, Rachel Daly and Manchester City winger, Chloe Kelly, to name but a few.

 

The countdown has begun

The Women’s World Cup kicks off on Thursday 20th July with New Zealand v Norway at Auckland’s famous Eden Park. England will play all their games in Australia, kicking off on Saturday 22nd against Haiti in Brisbane, before facing Denmark on the 28th and China on Tuesday 1st August.

If all goes well, the Lionesses are set to face Euro 2022 finalists Germany again in the quarter finals. Better still, if they go all the way, there’s every chance that we’ll get the final that everyone is dreaming of, with England vs USA playing for the trophy at Stadium Australia on 20th August.

 

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