Some English fans may have noticed that women’s Euro fever shook the country, but it was just one of several continental tournaments to take place in July.
The United States, Brazil, South Africa and Papua New Guinea have also taken up the silverware, and it is the victory of the Americans in that quartet that Sarina Wigman would have noted.
England’s Euro mastermind has only lost two matches in tournament competition, the 2019 World Cup final and, on penalties, the Tokyo Olympics quarter-finals. The team that defeated his native Netherlands on both occasions was Team USA.
The world number one ranked country lost to Canada in the semi-finals in Japan, but last month took its revenge by defeating Olympic champions in Mexico to win the CONCACAF W Championship.
The United States is rebuilding under Vlatko Andonovski, with France’s 2019 veterans presented with new blood. Come the 2023 Women’s World Cup, jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand next August, the US will be the team to beat again.
Wigman will be hoping it turns out to be a lucky third time for him, and Andonowski will be cheering for England by lifting a major trophy after three consecutive semi-finals.
England will also have another year of Wigman coaching – it seems remarkable given that it has been less than 12 months since he handled a team that was mediocre with four wins and nine losses in their last 14 matches. was moving towards.
Under Wigman they go on to win 18 not out in 20 games. He, as admitted by the coach, will be one of the favorites in Australia.
When is the 2023 Women’s World Cup?
- Dates: 20 July-20 August 2023
- Host: Australia and New Zealand
- To make a picture: 22 October 2022
- Teams: 32
- Defending Champion: America
England qualifying fixtures
England have won their first eight qualifiers for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, scoring 68 goals and conceding zero. They need one point from their remaining two matches to top Group D
- Sat 3 September 2022: Austria vs England (Vienna)
- Tues 6 September 2022: England v Luxembourg (Stokes)
Wigman pointed out that England needed to qualify first, but they needed only one win against Austria on 3 September (difficult) and Luxembourg three days later in Stoke. England won the away tie 10–0 to determine qualification.
A relatively young team, England should be better. Of the 17 involved at Wembley on Sunday, only Jill Scott (35) and Ellen White (33) are over the age of 30, although Lucy Bronze and Rachel Daly will be 31 when the World Cup begins.
Wigman has shown that once she makes up her mind she has confidence in her XI but there is potential for some development. Alessia Russo should displace White as the centerpiece of the attack. This, due to the esteemed understanding as teammates, could hasten a change of roles between Russo’s Manchester United colleagues Ella Toon and Fran Kirby, with the latter becoming an influential substitute.
Match winner Chloe Kelly will also be pushing for the starting spot, although removing Beth Mead or Lauren Hemp won’t be easy.
The top position for Grab is the left-back but there are some obvious challengers for Daly, whose ability to fill that role for England while leading the forward line for US club Houston Dash is remarkable.
Alex Greenwood, now centre-half at club level, could reclaim the spot or perhaps Manchester United’s summer signing from Brighton, Maya Le Tissier, could emerge, although she usually pays on the right. He has the height of Wigman in his defenders and versatility.
A Southern Hemisphere winter would be favorable to England and familiar in places. Other than the US the other non-European contenders would be Canada – coached by Englishwoman Bev Priestman and too hard to beat, and co-hosts Australia, who knocked Great Britain out of the Olympics, and Chelsea’s Sam Kerr, in women’s football. Best goalscorer.
Major rivals from Europe will be France, Spain, especially if Alexia Putellas has regained fitness, Sweden, although age is not on her side, and of course, a German side eager for revenge.
Probable England 2023 World Cup Starting XI (4-2-3-1): earps; Bronze, Williamson, Bright, Le Tissier; Stanway, Walsh; mead, toon, hemp; Rousseau