Five things to know: England


The eyes of the soccer world will be on Wembley Stadium on Friday October 7 for the highly anticipated game between the USA Women’s National Team and the Lionesses of England. A crowd of more than 80,000 fans will be on hand to watch the showdown between the defending World Cup winners and the recently crowned European champions, which airs in the US at 3 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. local on FOX.

Prepare for the match at Wembley with five things to know about The Lionesses.


England won UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 in historic fashion at Wembley Stadium on July 31, beating Germany 2-1 in extra time in front of a record crowd of 87,192 fans. The victory marked the Lionesses’ first-ever trophy at a major tournament and capped a highly entertaining and competitive tournament, which saw 31 matches played in eight host cities across England.

The Lionesses opened group play with a 1-0 win over Austria on July 6, followed by an emphatic 8-0 win over Norway on July 11 with a hat-trick from striker Beth Mead and a 5-0 win over Northern Ireland on July 15. finish top of group A.

In the knockout stage, England beat Spain in a thrilling 2-1 victory in extra time in the quarter-finals. Spain took the lead in the 54e minute but a 84e-midfielder Ella Toone’s one-minute equalizer sent the game into extra time, where midfielder Georgia Stanway took the game winner in the 96e minute of a brilliant strike.

A 4-0 victory over Sweden in the semi-finals propelled England to their third European final, setting up a July 31 showdown at Wembley against eight-time EURO winners Germany. The game lived up to the billing and more, with a record crowd of 87,192 watching the Lionesses win 2-1 in extra time, claiming their first ever European title and first major tournament victory for any England senior national team. since the 1966 Men’s World Cup. After a scoreless first half, England struck first with a goal from Toone in the 62n/a minute but a 79e German Lina Magull’s minute equalizer sent the game into extra time. England’s Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal in the 110e minute, stabbing a bouncing ball into the penalty area after a corner kick to carry England to victory.
With the victory, England head coach Sarina Wiegman, who began her tenure as England head coach in September 2021, became the first manager to win EURO with two different countries, after coaching his native Netherlands to victory in 2017.


Sixteen of the 23 England players named on this list for the game against the United States were on the list of winners of the Euros this summer. Striker Beth Mead, who won both the Ballon d’Or and the Golden Boot at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, is the current team’s top scorer with 29 goals in 47 caps. Defender Lucy Bronze, who played a year collegiate with the United States in North Carolina and was named FIFA’s best player of the year in 2020, is the most experienced player in this English formation and enters the game against the United States with 98 caps.

Nineteen players from Wiegman’s list for the game against the United States play for their football club domestically in the FA Women’s Super League, highlighted by seven Manchester City players. Four players from defending WSL champions Chelsea are part of this squad, as well as four players from Manchester United. Arsenal, Aston Villa and Everton are also represented in the squad. Four players face off outside of England with bronze and EURO finals MVP Kiera Walsh in their first season for Spanish powerhouse Barcelona. Georgia Stanway signed with Bayern Munich in Germany this summer while forward Ebony Salmon is the roster’s only player currently playing in the United States, scoring nine goals this season for the Houston Dash in the NWSL.

Central defender and team captain Leah Williamson, striker Alessia Russo and first-up Lucy Parker were all originally named on the list before having to pull out due to injury. They were replaced by defenseman Lotte Wubben-Moy, who also played college football at UNC, and forward Nikita Parris.


Mary Earps (Manchester United), Sandy MacIver (Manchester City), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)

DEFENDERS (8): Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona, ​​ESP), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Lotte Wunben -Moy (Arsenal)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Jessica Park (Everton), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich, DE), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona, ​​ESP), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)

FORWARDS (6): Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Manchester United), Ebony Salmon (Houston Dash, USA)


USA and England are due to meet on the 19the time with the USWNT leading the overall series 12-4-2. The series between the teams has been fiercely competitive, with seven of the last eight meetings between the teams decided by a goal or less, with the United States holding a 5-2-1 advantage on that streak.

The most recent meeting between the teams was in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, a 2-0 victory for the United States at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando behind goals from Christen Press and Carli Lloyd. Six of the teams’ 18 total clashes – and five of the six most recent encounters – have taken place at the SheBelieves Cup.

USA and England met in a match for the ages in the semi-finals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Lyon, France. The USA took the lead in 10e minute on a header from Press, but England equalized in 19e minute of a strike from recently retired striker Ellen White. Alex Morgan, playing on his 30e anniversary, scored what turned out to be the winning goal of the 31st minute with a header off a perfectly timed Lindsey Horan cross. With the United States leading 2-1, England were awarded a penalty in the 84the minute after a VAR review, but Alyssa Naeher rose to the occasion, saving Lionesses captain Steph Houghton’s attempt to seal victory and send the USWNT through to the final.

Naeher is one of five players from this current USA roster who saw time in the 2019 semi-final against England, joined by Horan, Crystal Dunn, Rose Lavelle and Becky Sauerbrunn. Megan Rapinoe did not dress for the game as she nursed a minor injury but returned to the pitch for the World Cup final a few days later.

Friday’s game at Wembley Stadium will be just the third time the teams have played in England and the teams have split the previous two clashes across the pond. In 2011 England beat USA 2-1 at Leyton Orient in London and in 2015 USA won 1-0 at MK Dons in Milton Keynes.

England will be the seventh different European opponents the United States have faced since the start of 2021, having faced Sweden twice in that period and the Netherlands, Portugal, France, the Czech Republic and Iceland once each.


The 87,192 fans in attendance on July 31 for the EURO final between the Lionesses and Germany set a record as the most attended men’s or women’s European Championship in the history of the competitions. The crowd that day also set a record for the most spectators to watch a women’s match in England, surpassing the previous crowd of 80,203 who attended the USWNT gold medal match in Wembley at the 2012 Olympics, which saw the United States beat Japan 2-1 to win their fourth gold medal. It also marked the second-largest crowd in history to watch a women’s international game, behind only the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, which drew 90,185.

The United States and England are heading for another historic attendance day with tickets for the match, up to 80,000 of them, sold out in less than a day – the fastest sale ever for a match at Wembley. The crowd for Friday’s encounter between the World Cup and the European champions is set to be the second-busiest USWNT ever after the 1999 World Cup final and the biggest ever. have never seen the United States in a friendly match, with the current attendance record for a friendly match for the USWNT belonging to the 49,504 fans who watched the United States take on Portugal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on August 29 2019, as part of the 2019 Women’s World Cup Victory Tour.

The sale to Wembley continues a trend of remarkable growth in women’s football attendance, both at international and club level. In April 2022, 91,648 fans watched Barcelona take on Wolfsburg at Camp Nou in the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals, setting a record for the highest ever official attendance at a women’s football match. Records have also been set recently in the NWSL and Women’s Super League. On September 18, a record 32,000 fans watched San Diego Wave FC’s 1-0 victory over Angel City FC at the newly opened Snapdragon Stadium, breaking the previous NWSL attendance record of 25,218 and on September 24, a Women’s Super League attendance record was set with 47,367 spectators. present at the Emirates Stadium to watch the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.


England officially clinched their ticket to the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on September 3, beating Austria on the road 2-0 to clinch top spot in UEFA Qualifying Group D. The 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will be the fifth consecutive World Cup and the sixth overall for the Lionesses, having previously participated in the tournament in 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

England have managed to emerge from the group stage in each of their last six World Cup trips and their best result was a bronze medal at the 2015 World Cup in Canada, where the Lionesses beat the Germany 1-0 in extra time in the match for third place.

England and the United States have played in the World Cup twice, facing each other in the iconic 2019 semi-final in France and a quarter-final match at the 2007 World Cup in China, which resulted in a 3-0 victory for the United States.

Following Friday’s match at Wembley, England will continue their World Cup preparations with an October 11 game against the Czech Republic at Brighton and Hove Albion. The Lionesses also have friendlies scheduled against Japan and Norway in Spain during the November FIFA window and will play another historic match next year when they face Brazil next February in what will be the first edition of the UEFA Women’s Finalissima- CONMEBOL, an intercontinental women’s football match between the winners of previous European and South American championships.


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