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England women's national football team

The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

England
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Three Lionesses
The Lionesses
AssociationThe Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPhil Neville
CaptainSteph Houghton
Most capsFara Williams (170)
Top scorerKelly Smith (46)
FIFA codeENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 3 Increase 1 (29 March 2019)[1]
Highest2 (March 2018)
Lowest14 (June 2004)
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Hungary 0–13 England 
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 8–0 England 
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1995)
Best resultThird place (2015)
European Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1984)
Best resultRunners-up (1984, 2009)

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times, reaching the quarter-finals on the first three occasions in 1995, 2007, and 2011, and finishing third in 2015. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.

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HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

The success of the men's national football team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup led to an upsurge of interest in football from women within England. The Women's Football Association (WFA) was established in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game.[2] That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup.[3]:43 Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971).[4][5]

Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) rescinded its 50-year ban on women playing on English Football League grounds.[6][7] Shortly after, Eric Worthington was tasked by the WFA to assemble an official women's national team. England competed in its first international match against Scotland in Greenock on 18 November 1972, 100 years to the month after the first men's international.[2][8] The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents 3–2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal.[9] Tom Tranter replaced Worthington as long term manager of the women's national football team and remained in that position for the next six years.[3]:94

1979–1993: Progress under ReaganEdit

Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979.[3]:100 England reached the final of the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football, after beating Denmark 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Despite resolute defending, including a spectacular goal line clearance from captain Carol Thomas, the England team lost the first away leg 1–0 against Sweden, after a header from Pia Sundhage, but won the second home leg by the same margin, with a goal from Linda Curl.[10] England lost the subsequent penalty shootout 4–3. Theresa Wiseman saved Helen Johansson's penalty but both Curl and Lorraine Hanson had their spot kicks saved by Elisabeth Leidinge.[11]

At the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football, England again reached the semi-finals but lost 3–2 after extra time against holders Sweden, in a repeat of the previous final. The team settled for fourth, after losing the third place play-off against Italy 2–1.[12] Reagan was sacked after England's 6–1 quarter-final loss against Germany at UEFA Women's Euro 1991, which left them unable to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup. John Bilton was appointed as head coach in 1991 after Barrie Williams's brief tenure.[3]:103–104

1993–1998: FA involvementEdit

In 1993, the FA took over the running of women's football in England from the WFA, replacing Bilton with Ted Copeland as national team manager.[3]:105 England managed to qualify for UEFA Women's Euro 1995, having previously missed out on the last three editions, but were beaten 6–2 on aggregate over two legs against Germany.[13] Reaching the European semi-finals granted England a place at the World Cup for the first time. The team advanced from the group stage of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, but lost out again to Germany 3–0 in the quarter-finals.[14]

1998–2013: Development under PowellEdit

Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland.[15] The European Championship expanded in 1997 to eight teams and moved from a biennial event to a quadrennial one. England qualified via the play-offs for the 2001 competition held in Germany, despite recording their biggest loss (away against Norway 8–0) during qualification, but did not advance past the group stage.[16] England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals.[17]

Qualification for the World Cup changed for the 1999 edition. European qualifiers were introduced, so that teams no longer needed to rely on advancing to the latter stages of the European Championship. England qualified unbeaten for the 2007 World Cup in China, winning Group 5 in the European qualifiers and recording their biggest win (away against Hungary, 13–0) in the process, ending a 12-year hiatus from the competition.[18][19] After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0.[20]

In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment.[21][22] Three months later, at the European Championships in Finland, England marked their return to the recently expanded 12-team competition by reaching the final for the first time in 25 years. They advanced from Group C to the quarter-finals by virtue of being the top third-placed team, beating both the hosts and the Netherlands in the knockout stage on the way to the final. There they lost 6–2 to reigning champions Germany.[23]

England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play-off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland.[24][25] In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan.[26] England were paired with France in the quarter-finals, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw. England had taken the lead with Jill Scott's chip, only to have Élise Bussaglia equalise with two minutes remaining. After extra time ended in stalemate, they lost the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3. Karen Bardsley had saved Camille Abily's initial penalty but misses by Claire Rafferty and Faye White sent England out of the competition.[27]

Powell left the role in August 2013 after a poor showing at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, with England bowing out after the group stage.[15]

2013–2017: Sampson eraEdit

Welshman Mark Sampson succeeded Powell as England manager. England qualified for their third successive World Cup in August 2014 with a game to spare, winning all ten matches and topping Group 6.[28] England played their first international match at the new Wembley Stadium, home to the men's national team, in a friendly against the reigning European champions Germany on 23 November 2014. England had not played Germany since their heavy defeat in the European Championship final five years earlier. They lost the match 3–0, marking the 20th attempt at which England had failed to record an official win over Germany.[29][30]

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, England lost their opening group game to France but won their remaining group games against Mexico and Colombia, easing through to the last 16 to play 1995 champions Norway. A 2–1 win set up a meeting with hosts Canada in the quarter-finals. Despite facing not only a strong Canadian team but a capacity partisan crowd at BC Place in Vancouver, England progressed to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup for the first time in their history with another 2–1 win, which also marked the first semifinal appearance by any England senior team since the men reached the last four of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Playing reigning World Cup holders Japan in the semi-finals, England conceded a penalty kick, which Aya Miyama converted past Karen Bardsley. Japan then conceded a penalty as Yuki Ogimi clipped Steph Houghton and Fara Williams slotted it past Ayumi Kaihori to level the game. However, in the last minute of the game, Laura Bassett scored an own goal to send Japan through to the final.[31] England eventually finished in third place by beating Germany 1–0 after extra time after a Williams penalty, their first time beating their archrivals in the women’s game. It marked the best finish for any England senior team since the men’s team famously won the 1966 World Cup as hosts.[32]

England qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and won all three of their group games at the tournament. England beat France 1–0 in the quarter-finals before meeting hosts and eventual champions, the Netherlands. In the semi-finals, England conceded three goals without reply and were knocked out of the tournament.[33]

In September 2017, Sampson was sacked from his role as manager by the FA after evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour was uncovered during his tenure at Bristol Academy.[34] He was replaced by Phil Neville, who had played at Manchester United and Everton and been capped by the England men but had never before held a high-profile managing job.

2018–present: Neville's arrivalEdit

After being appointed manager, Neville's first games in charge were at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. In their first game, England defeated France 4–1, then drew 2–2 against Germany. They went into the final game against the United States with the opportunity to win the tournament, but lost 1–0. Second place was the highest England had finished at the SheBelieves Cup.[35]

England continued with World Cup qualification in 2018. On 6 April they drew 0–0 against Wales. After the qualifying games in June, England and Wales were guaranteed the first two spots in qualifying Group 1,[36] and England's 3–0 win against Wales in August 2018 saw them clinch the group and qualify for the World Cup finals.[37]

In the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, England won the tournament for the first time after winning their first match 2–1 against Brazil, drawing 2–2 with the United States and defeating Japan 3–0.[38]

Competitive recordEdit

 
England women's team in February 2015

World CupEdit

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) and failed to qualify for three competitions (1991, 1999, 2003). The England team reached the quarter-finals on three occasions, losing out to Germany in 1995, the United States in 2007 and France on penalties in 2011. In 2015, however, England earned the bronze medal for the first time, under Mark Sampson, by beating Germany in the third place play-off.

World Cup finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
  1991 Did not qualify
  1995 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 6 9 −3
  1999 Did not qualify
  2003 Did not qualify
  2007 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 8 6 +2
  2011 Quarter-finals 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3
  2015 Third place 7 5 0 2 10 7 +3
  2019 Qualified 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4
Total 5/8 22 13 4 5 35 26 +9
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.

European ChampionshipEdit

England first entered the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984, reaching the final that year and in 2009. The team have reached the semi-finals on three other occasions (1989, 1995, 2017), but failed to make it out of the group stage in three other editions (2001, 2005, 2013). England did not qualify in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997.

Year Result GP W D* L GF GA
1984 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 4 2
  1987 Fourth place 2 0 0 2 3 5
  1989 Did not qualify
  1991 Did not qualify
  1993 Did not qualify
     1995 Semi-finals 2 0 0 2 2 6
   1997 Did not qualify
  2001 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 8
  2005 Group stage 3 1 0 2 4 5
  2009 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 12 14
  2013 Group stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
  2017 Semi-finals 5 4 0 1 11 4
  2021 Qualified as hosts
Total 9/13 28 11 3 14 40 51
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.
**Red border colour denotes tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic GamesEdit

England does not participate in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, as the country does not have its own National Olympic Committee (NOC). Since England falls under the jurisdiction of the British Olympic Association, remit for an Olympic football team requires support from all four Home Nation associations. The Scottish Football Association (SFA), the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) have all previously objected to the premise over fears that the team would erode the independence of their individual football associations. However, members of its team have played for the Great Britain women's Olympic football team at London 2012 having been granted automatic qualification as the host nation.[39] The Home Nations once again agreed to a GB Women's team in time for Tokyo 2020 with England's result at the 2019 World Cup counting as the team's attempt to qualify. They must finish as one of the top three European nations to qualify.[40]

Minor tournamentsEdit

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1976 Pony Home Championship Winners, group stage 1st 2 2 0 0 9 1
  1969 Unofficial European Championship Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 5 4
  1979 Unofficial European Championship Semi-finals 4th 4 2 1 1 6 4
  1981 Mundialito Group stage 3rd 2 1 0 1 4 1
  1984 Mundialito Semi-finals 3rd 4 0 2 2 3 6
  1985 Mundialito Winners 1st 2 3 1 1 13 5
  1988 Mundialito Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
  1990 North America Cup Group stage 3rd 4 1 1 2 3 7
  2002 Algarve Cup Group stage 9th 4 1 0 3 8 12
  2005 Algarve Cup Group stage 8th 4 3 1 0 13 0
  2007 Four Nations Tournament Group stage 4th 3 0 2 1 3 0
  2009 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 14 3
  2010 Cyprus Cup Group stage 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5
  2010 Peace Queen Cup Group stage 2nd 2 0 2 0 0 0
  2011 Cyprus Cup Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 4 4
  2012 Cyprus Cup Group stage 4th 4 2 0 2 5 7
  2013 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 12 7
  2014 Cyprus Cup Runners-up 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 2
  2015 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
  2016 SheBelieves Cup Group stage 3rd 3 0 1 2 1 3
  2017 SheBelieves Cup Group stage 3rd 3 1 0 2 2 3
  2018 SheBelieves Cup Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 4
  2019 SheBelieves Cup Winners 1st 3 2 1 0 7 3
Total 7 titles 75 38 18 22 142 81

TeamEdit

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see List of England women's international footballers (alphabetical)
Caps, goals, and recent players may be outdated or incorrect, as the FA does not maintain an easily accessible database of historical statistics.

Current squadEdit

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. They will also play preceding friendlies against Denmark on 25 May 2019 and New Zealand on 1 June 2019.[41]

Caps and goals are updated as of 19 June 2019 after the match against   Japan.

Head coach: Phil Neville

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Karen Bardsley (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 34) 79 0   Manchester City
13 1GK Carly Telford (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 31) 18 0   Chelsea
21 1GK Mary Earps (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 26) 5 0   Wolfsburg

2 2DF Lucy Bronze (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 27) 71 7   Lyon
3 2DF Alex Greenwood (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 25) 39 2   Manchester United
5 2DF Steph Houghton (captain) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 31) 108 12   Manchester City
6 2DF Millie Bright (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 25) 29 0   Chelsea
12 2DF Demi Stokes (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 27) 51 1   Manchester City
14 2DF Leah Williamson (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 22) 7 0   Arsenal
15 2DF Abbie McManus (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 26) 15 0   Manchester United
17 2DF Rachel Daly (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 27) 24 3   Houston Dash

4 3MF Keira Walsh (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 22) 17 0   Manchester City
8 3MF Jill Scott (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 32) 139 24   Manchester City
16 3MF Jade Moore (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 28) 48 1   Reading
19 3MF Georgia Stanway (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 (age 20) 11 1   Manchester City
20 3MF Karen Carney (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 31) 143 32   Chelsea
23 3MF Lucy Staniforth (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 26) 10 2   Birmingham City

7 4FW Nikita Parris (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 37 13   Lyon
9 4FW Jodie Taylor (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 33) 44 18   Reign FC
10 4FW Fran Kirby (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 25) 41 12   Chelsea
11 4FW Toni Duggan (1991-07-25) 25 July 1991 (age 27) 73 22   Barcelona
18 4FW Ellen White (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 30) 84 31   Manchester City
22 4FW Beth Mead (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 24) 16 5   Arsenal

Recent callupsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ellie Roebuck (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 19) 2 0   Manchester City v.   Spain, 9 April 2019
GK Sandy MacIver (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Clemson Tigers 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
GK Siobhan Chamberlain (1983-08-15) 15 August 1983 (age 35) 50 0   Manchester United v.   Australia, 9 October 2018

DF Gemma Bonner (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 (age 27) 11 1   Manchester City v.   Spain, 9 April 2019
DF Hannah Blundell (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Chelsea Training camp, January 2019
DF Gabrielle George (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Everton Training camp, January 2019

MF Isobel Christiansen (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 27) 31 6   Lyon 2019 SheBelieves Cup
MF Jordan Nobbs (vice-captain) (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26) 56 7   Arsenal v.   Sweden, 11 November 2018
MF Fara Williams (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 (age 35) 170 40   Reading v.   Australia, 9 October 2018

FW Chioma Ubogagu (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 26) 3 1   Orlando Pride v.   Spain, 9 April 2019
FW Lauren Hemp (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 (age 18) 0 0   Manchester City 2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE
FW Melissa Lawley (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 25) 11 1   Manchester City Training camp, January 2019
FW Chloe Kelly (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0   Everton v.   Austria, 8 November 2018
FW Lauren Bruton (1992-11-22) 22 November 1992 (age 26) 1 0   Reading v.   Kazakhstan, 4 September 2018

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad

RecordsEdit

Carol Thomas was the first player to reach 50 caps in 1985, before retiring from representative football later that year, having amassed 56 caps. Fara Williams holds the record for England appearances, having played 170 times since 2001. She overtook previous record holder Rachel Yankey in August 2014, in a friendly against Sweden.[42] Yankey had passed Gillian Coultard's 119 record England women caps in September 2012, in a European qualifying match against Croatia, and Peter Shilton's 125 record England international caps in June 2013, in a friendly against Japan.[43]

Kelly Smith has scored the most goals for England, with 46 over a 20-year international career. She surpassed Karen Walker's record of 40 goals in September 2010, in a World Cup qualifying play-off against Switzerland.[44]

Most capped playersEdit

 
Fara Williams is England's most capped player and second highest goalscorer with 40 goals in 170 appearances since 2001.
# Name Caps Goals Years Ref
1 Fara Williams 170 40 2001–present [45]
2 Karen Carney 143 32 2005–present [46]
3 Alex Scott 140 12 2004–2017 [47]
4 Jill Scott 139 24 2006–present [48]
5 Casey Stoney 130 6 2000–2018 [49]

Top goalscorersEdit

# Name Caps Goals Years Ref
1 Kelly Smith 117 46 1995–2015 [50]
2 Karen Walker 83 40 1988–2003 [51]
2 Fara Williams 162 40 2001–present [45]
4 Hope Powell 66 35 1983–1998 [52]
5 Eniola Aluko 102 33 2004–2016 [53]

CaptainsEdit

Player Year
Sheila Parker 1972–1976
Carol Thomas (née McCune) 1976–1985
Debbie Bampton 1985–1991
Gillian Coultard 1991–1995
Debbie Bampton 1995–1997
Gillian Coultard 1997–2000
Mo Marley 2000–2001
Tara Proctor 2001
Karen Walker 2002
Faye White 2002–2012
Casey Stoney 2012–2014
Steph Houghton 2014–present

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

All times are listed in GMT except where noted.

2018Edit

2019Edit

See alsoEdit

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