England women's national football team

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England
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Nickname(s) Three Lionesses
The Lionesses
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Phil Neville
Captain Steph Houghton
Most caps Fara Williams (172)
Top scorer Kelly Smith (46)
FIFA code ENG
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FIFA ranking
Current 6 Steady2.svg(26 June 2020) [1]
Highest2 (March 2018)
Lowest14 (June 2004)
First international
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 2–3 England  Flag of England.svg
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 0–13 England  Flag of England.svg
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 8–0 England  Flag of England.svg
(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)

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.

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England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions; in 1995, 2007, and 2011, finishing third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.

History

Early years

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 Reagan

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 involvement

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 Powell

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 era

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] The FA in January 2019 agreed to pay a "significant" financial settlement to Sampson, on the week his claim for unfair dismissal was due to be heard in court. [35] He was replaced by Phil Neville, who had played at Manchester United – including in their 1999 treble winning season – and Everton and been capped by the England men but had never before held a high-profile managing job.

2018–present: Neville era

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National team during 2019 Women's World Cup.

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. [36]

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, [37] and England's 3–0 win against Wales in August 2018 saw them clinch the group and qualify for the World Cup finals. [38]

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. [39]

In the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, England won group D, beating local rivals Scotland and archrival Argentina to qualify for the knockout phase, before beating Japan. England beat both Cameroon and then Norway 3–0 to advance to the semifinal against United States in Lyon – the team's third straight major tournament semifinal. However, similar to the previous two tournaments, England once again failed to make the final, losing 2–1. Alex Morgan scored the winner after Ellen White had equalised following Christen Press' opening goal, while White had an equaliser ruled out by VAR and Houghton had a penalty saved by Alyssa Naeher. The team finished in fourth after losing the third place play-off to Sweden 2–1. [40]

In the wake of the World Cup exit, England's form dropped as the Lionesses struggled in a series of friendlies to end the year including a 2–1 defeat by Germany at Wembley Stadium on 9 November 2019. The game set a new record attendance for an England women's match at 77,768, becoming the second-biggest crowd for a women's game on English soil after the 2012 Olympic final which was watched by 80,203 at the same venue. [41] The poor run continued into 2020 as England failed to defend their title at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup in March. Losses to the United States and Spain made it seven defeats in 11 games, the team's worst stretch since 2003, mounting further pressure on Neville who admitted he was personally responsible for England's "unacceptable" form amid increased media scrutiny. [42] [43] [44] [45]

Media coverage

England matches at selected international tournaments, friendlies, Euro and World Cup finals are currently broadcast by BT Sport (exclude Euro and World Cup finals) and BBC respectively. [46] [47] Previously, the Euro and World Cup finals broadcast by Channel 4 (Euro 2017 only) and Eurosport.

Coaching staff

Current information

PositionStaffRef.
Manager Flag of England.svg Phil Neville [48]
Assistant Manager Flag of England.svg Bev Priestman [49]

Managerial history

Statistics correct as of 11 March 2020

ImageManagerTenurePWDLWin %Competitions
Eric Worthington 1972
Tom Tranter 1973–1979
Mike Rawding 1979
Martin Reagan 1979–1990 UEFA Euro 1984 – Runner's Up
UEFA Euro 1987 – Fouth Place
Barrie Williams 1991
John Bilton 1991–1993
Ted Copeland 1993–1998 UEFA Euro 1995 – Semi Finalists
1995 FIFA World Cup – Quarter Finalists
Dick Bate 1998
(Caretaker)
London Bees v Brighton & Hove Albion WFC, 18 April 2018 (11).jpg Hope Powell 1998–2013169853351050.3 UEFA Euro 2001 – Group Stages
UEFA Euro 2005 – Group Stages
2007 FIFA World Cup – Quarter Finalists
UEFA Euro 2009 – Semi Finalists
2011 FIFA World Cup – Quarter Finalists
UEFA Euro 2013 – Group Stages
Brent Hills 2006, 2013
(Caretaker)
5401080.0
Mark Sampson, England Ladies v Montenegro 5 4 2014 1058 (cropped).jpg Mark Sampson 2013–20176039813065.0 2015 FIFA World Cup – Third Place
UEFA Euro 2017 – Semi Finalists
Mo Marley 2017–2018
(Caretaker)
3201066.7
England Women 0 New Zealand Women 1 01 06 2019-1360 (47986481842) (cropped).jpg Phil Neville 2018–Present3519511054.3 2019 FIFA World Cup – Fourth Place

Players

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

Current squad

The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. [50] [51]

Caps and goals are updated as of 11 March 2020 after the match against Flag of Spain.svg  Spain.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Sandy MacIver (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 22)00 Flag of England.svg Everton
1 GK Ellie Roebuck (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 20)50 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
1 GK Carly Telford (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 32)260 Flag of England.svg Chelsea

2 DF Millie Bright (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 26)370 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
2 DF Rachel Daly (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 28)353 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash
2 DF Grace Fisk (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 22)00 Flag of England.svg West Ham United
2 DF Alex Greenwood (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 26)463 Flag of France.svg Lyon
2 DF Steph Houghton (captain) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 32)12013 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Abbie McManus (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 27)180 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
2 DF Demi Stokes (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 28)581 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Leah Williamson (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 23)171 Flag of England.svg Arsenal

3 MF Jordan Nobbs (vice-captain) (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 27)637 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
3 MF Jill Scott (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 33)14924 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
3 MF Lucy Staniforth (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 27)162 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City
3 MF Georgia Stanway (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 (age 21)192 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
3 MF Keira Walsh (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 23)290 Flag of England.svg Manchester City

4 FW Toni Duggan (1991-07-25) 25 July 1991 (age 28)7922 Flag of Spain.svg Atlético Madrid
4 FW Bethany England (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 26)72 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
4 FW Lauren Hemp (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 (age 19)50 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
4 FW Chloe Kelly (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 22)40 Flag of England.svg Everton
4 FW Nikita Parris (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 26)5014 Flag of France.svg Lyon
4 FW Alessia Russo (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 21)10 Flag of the United States.svg North Carolina Tar Heels
4 FW Ellen White (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 31)9236 Flag of England.svg Manchester City

Recent call-ups

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

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Hannah Hampton (2000-11-16) 16 November 2000 (age 19)00 Flag of England.svg Birmingham City 2020 SheBelieves Cup TRA
GK Mary Earps (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 27)80 Flag of England.svg Manchester United v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic, 12 November 2019
GK Sophie Baggaley (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 23)00 Flag of England.svg Bristol City v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, 9 November 2019 TRA

DF Anna Patten (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 (age 21)00 Flag of the United States.svg South Carolina Gamecocks 2020 SheBelieves Cup TRA
DF Lucy Bronze (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 28)818 Flag of France.svg Lyon 2020 SheBelieves Cup INJ
DF Gemma Bonner (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 (age 28)111 Flag of England.svg Manchester City v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic, 12 November 2019
DF Aoife Mannion (1995-09-24) 24 September 1995 (age 24)00 Flag of England.svg Manchester City v. Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal, 8 October 2019
DF Alana Cook (1997-04-11) 11 April 1997 (age 23)00 Flag of France.svg Paris Saint-Germain v. Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal, 8 October 2019 TRA
DF Hannah Blundell (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 26)30 Flag of England.svg Chelsea v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, 3 September 2019

MF Melissa Lawley (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 26)121 Flag of England.svg Liverpool v. Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal, 8 October 2019
MF Fara Williams (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 (age 36)17240 Flag of England.svg Reading v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, 3 September 2019
MF Jade Moore (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 29)501 Flag of the United States.svg Orlando Pride v. Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, 3 September 2019 INJ

FW Beth Mead (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 25)258 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v. Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic, 12 November 2019
FW Jodie Taylor (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 34)5119 Flag of the United States.svg OL Reign v. Flag of Germany.svg  Germany, 9 November 2019
FW Fran Kirby (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 27)4513 Flag of England.svg Chelsea v. Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil, 5 October 2019 INJ

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • TRA = Training player

Team captains

PlayerEngland career
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

Player records

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 172 times since 2001. She overtook previous record holder Rachel Yankey in August 2014, in a friendly against Sweden. [52] 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. [53]

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. [54]

Most capped players

Fara Williams is England's most capped player and third highest goalscorer with 40 goals in 172 appearances since 2001. Fara Williams England Ladies v Montenegro 5 4 2014 377.jpg
Fara Williams is England's most capped player and third highest goalscorer with 40 goals in 172 appearances since 2001.
#NameEngland careerCapsGoalsRef
1 Fara Williams 2001–17240 [55]
2 Jill Scott 2006–14924 [56]
3 Karen Carney 2005–201914432 [57]
4 Alex Scott 2004–201714012 [58]
5 Casey Stoney 2000–20181306 [59]

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Top goalscorers

#NameEngland careerCapsGoalsAverageRef
1 Kelly Smith 1995–2015117460.39 [60]
2 Kerry Davis 1982–199882440.54 [61]
3 Karen Walker 1988–200383400.48 [62]
Fara Williams 2001–172400.23 [55]
5 Ellen White 2010–92360.39 [63]

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Recent schedule and results

This list includes match results from the past 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

All times are listed in GMT except where noted.

2019

29 August 2019 Friendly Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg3–3Flag of England.svg  England Leuven, Belgium
19:30 CEST
Report
Stadium: Den Dreef
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
3 September 2019 Friendly Norway  Flag of Norway.svg2–1Flag of England.svg  England Bergen, Norway
18:00 CEST
Report
Stadium: Brann Stadion
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
5 October 2019 Friendly England  Flag of England.svg1–2Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Middlesbrough, England
12:45
Report
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 29,238
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
8 October 2019 Friendly Portugal  Flag of Portugal.svg0–1Flag of England.svg  England Setúbal, Portugal
19:00
Stadium: Estádio do Bonfim
Referee: Lucia Abruzzese (Italy)
9 November 2019 Friendly England  Flag of England.svg1–2Flag of Germany.svg  Germany London, England
17:30
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 77,768
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
12 November 2019 Friendly Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg2–3Flag of England.svg  England České Budějovice, Czech Republic
20:45 CEST
Stadium: Stadion Střelecký ostrov
Referee: Ewa Augustyn (Poland)

2020

5 March 2020 2020 SheBelieves Cup United States  Flag of the United States.svg2–0Flag of England.svg  England Orlando, Florida
19:00 ET
Report Stadium: Exploria Stadium
Attendance: 16,531
Referee: Odette Hamilton (Jamaica)
8 March 2020 2020 SheBelieves Cup Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–1Flag of England.svg  England Harrison, New Jersey
17:00 ET
Report
Stadium: Red Bull Arena
Attendance: 14,758
Referee: Katja Koroleva (United States)
11 March 2020 2020 SheBelieves Cup England  Flag of England.svg0–1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Frisco, Texas
16:15 CT
Report
Stadium: Toyota Stadium
Attendance: 10,507
Referee: Danielle Chesky (United States)

Competitive record

England women's team in February 2015 England Women's Vs USA (16365773538).jpg
England women's team in February 2015

FIFA World Cup

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
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGD
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did not qualify
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Quarter-finals420269−3
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Did not qualify
Flag of the United States.svg 2003
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Quarter-finals412186+2
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Quarter-finals422063+3
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Third place7502107+3
Flag of France.svg 2019 Fourth place7502135+8
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 2023 To be determined
Total5/92615474330+13
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.

Olympic Games

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. [64] 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 qualified as one of the last three remaining European nations. [65]

UEFA European Championship

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.

YearResultGPWD*LGFGA
1984 Runners-up430142
Flag of Norway.svg 1987 Fourth place200235
Flag of Germany.svg 1989 Did not qualify
Flag of Denmark.svg 1991
Flag of Italy.svg 1993
Flag of England.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Semi-finals200226
Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1997 Did not qualify
Flag of Germany.svg 2001 Group stage301218
Flag of England.svg 2005 Group stage310245
Flag of Finland.svg 2009 Runners-up63121214
Flag of Sweden.svg 2013 Group stage301237
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2017 Semi-finals5401114
Flag of England.svg 2021 Qualified as hosts
Total9/1328113144051
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.
**Red border colour denotes tournament was held on home soil.

Minor tournaments

YearRoundPositionGPWD*LGFGA
Flag of England.svg 1976 Pony Home ChampionshipWinners, group stage1st220091
Flag of Italy.svg 1969 Unofficial European Championship Third place3rd210154
Flag of Italy.svg 1979 Unofficial European Championship Semi-finals4th421164
Flag of Japan.svg 1981 Mundialito Group stage3rd210141
Flag of Italy.svg 1984 Mundialito Semi-finals3rd402236
Flag of Italy.svg 1985 Mundialito Winners1st2311135
Flag of Italy.svg 1988 Mundialito Winners1st431082
Flag of the United States.svg 1990 North America CupGroup stage3rd411237
Flag of Portugal.svg 2002 Algarve Cup Group stage9th4103812
Flag of Portugal.svg 2005 Algarve Cup Group stage8th4310130
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Four Nations Tournament Group stage4th302130
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2009 Cyprus Cup Winners1st4310143
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2010 Cyprus Cup Group stage5th421165
Flag of South Korea.svg 2010 Peace Queen Cup Group stage2nd202000
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2011 Cyprus Cup Group stage5th420244
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2012 Cyprus Cup Group stage4th420257
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2013 Cyprus Cup Winners1st4310127
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2014 Cyprus Cup Runners-up2nd430172
Flag of Cyprus.svg 2015 Cyprus Cup Winners1st431082
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2015 Yongchuan International Tournament Runners-up2nd210122
Flag of the United States.svg 2016 SheBelieves Cup Group stage3rd301213
Flag of the United States.svg 2017 SheBelieves Cup Group stage3rd310223
Flag of the United States.svg 2018 SheBelieves Cup Runners-up2nd311164
Flag of the United States.svg 2019 SheBelieves Cup Winners1st321073
Flag of the United States.svg 2020 SheBelieves Cup Group stage3rd310213
Total7 titles8040182514586

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Karen Julia Carney is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger for Chelsea and the England national team. Since making her senior international debut in 2005, Carney became the second most capped England player, making 144 appearances, including at the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017 European Championships and the World Cup in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. She also competed for the Great Britain team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Alex Scott (footballer, born 1984) English association football player

Alexandra Virina Scott is an English former footballer who mostly played as a right-back for Arsenal in the FA WSL, pundit and presenter. She made 140 appearances for the English national team and also represented Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Scotland women's national football team represents Scotland in international women's football competitions. Since 1998, the team has been governed by the Scottish Football Association (SFA). Scotland qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in 2019, and qualified for their first UEFA Women's Euro in 2017. As of July 2019, the team was 22nd in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

Eniola Aluko English association football player

Eniola Aluko is an English football executive, commentator, and former professional player, who is the director of women's football at Aston Villa. Before retiring from professional football in January 2020, Aluko last played as a forward for Juventus. Since 2014 she has also provided television commentary on football, including men’s and women’s World Cups.

Casey Stoney English association football player

Casey Jean Stoney is an English professional football manager and former player who is the head coach of FA WSL club Manchester United W.F.C.. A versatile defender, she was capped more than 100 times for the England women's national football team since making her debut in 2000. After being a non-playing squad member at UEFA Women's Euro 2005, she was an integral part of the England teams which reached the UEFA Women's Euro 2009 final and the quarter finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2007 and 2011. In 2012, Stoney succeeded Faye White as the England captain and also became captain of the newly formed Team GB squad for the 2012 London Olympics. She ended her playing career at Liverpool Ladies. She was appointed as the first head coach of the newly-formed Manchester United Women on 8 June 2018.

Fara Williams English association football player

Fara Tanya Franki Merrett MBE, known as Fara Williams, is an English footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Reading and the England national team. A consistent goalscorer and set-piece specialist, Williams is considered one of England's leading players. Since making her senior debut in 2002, Williams has accrued 170 caps for the England Womens Team, making her their highest capped player. She played at the 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017 European Championships, as well as the World Cups in 2007, 2011 and 2015. Williams also featured for Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics.

Laura Bassett English association football player

Laura Bassett is an English former football defender who represented England internationally. She played for FA WSL club Notts County, Birmingham City, Arsenal, Leeds Carnegie, Chelsea, and Australian W-League club Canberra United.

Karen Bardsley association football player

Karen Louise Bardsley is an American-born English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester City and the England national team. She previously played for Sky Blue FC in the previous top-flight American Women's Professional Soccer league, Linköpings FC in the Swedish Damallsvenskan, and Lincoln Ladies in the FA WSL.

Lucy Bronze English association football player

Lucia Roberta Tough Bronze is an English footballer who plays as a right-back for French club Olympique Lyonnais and the England national team. She has previously played for Sunderland, Everton, Liverpool, and Manchester City as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels at college level in the United States.

Ellen White (footballer) English association football player

Ellen Toni White is an English international footballer who plays as a forward for Manchester City and the England national team. With England, she has played at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, reaching the semi-finals in the latter two tournaments. She was also part of the Great Britain team for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Steph Houghton English association football player

Stephanie Jayne Houghton is an English footballer who both plays for and captains Manchester City and the England national team. At club level, Houghton started at Sunderland in her native North East England before moving on to Leeds United in 2007 then Arsenal Ladies in 2010. She broke into the Sunderland team as a striker before moving back into midfield and later into defence.

Danielle Carter (footballer) British footballer

Danielle Carter-Loblack is an English footballer who plays as a forward for FA WSL club Arsenal and the English national team.

Gemma Bonner English footballer

Gemma Bonner is an English football defender who plays for Manchester City Women and the England women's national football team. In November 2012 she signed for Liverpool Ladies of the FA WSL, after beginning her career with home town club Leeds United then spending two seasons with Chelsea in 2011 and 2012. She captained Liverpool to the 2013 FA WSL title and made her debut for the senior England women's national football team in September 2013. At UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Bonner was part of England's squad but did not play.

Fran Kirby English association football player

Francesca Kirby is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Chelsea and the England national team. She began her career with her local team Reading before moving to Chelsea in July 2015. In August 2014, Kirby won her first senior cap for England. She represented her country at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, and at the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands.

Nikita Parris English professional footballer

Nikita Josephine Parris is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Olympique Lyonnais and the England national team.

Mary Earps association football player

Mary Alexandra Earps is an English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Manchester United in the FA WSL and the England national team.

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