England women's national football team

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England
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Nickname(s) The Lionesses [1]
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Sarina Wiegman
Captain Leah Williamson [2]
Most caps Fara Williams (172)
Top scorer Ellen White (52)
FIFA code ENG
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First colours
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FIFA ranking
Current 4 Steady2.svg (9 December 2022) [3]
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 England.svg  England 20–0 Latvia  Flag of Latvia.svg
(Doncaster, England; 30 November 2021)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 8–0 England  Flag of England.svg
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1995 )
Best resultThird place (2015)
European Championship
Appearances9 (first in 1984 )
Best resultChampions (2022)
Website www.englandfootball.com/womens-senior-team/home

The England women's national football team, also known as the Lionesses, have 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, England is permitted by FIFA statutes, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, to maintain a national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup seven times, reaching the quarter-finals in 1995, 2007 and 2011, finishing third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. Since 2019, England, as the highest-ranked Home Nation, have been able to qualify an Olympic team on behalf of Great Britain; other British players may be selected in the event of qualification.

They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009, and won in 2022, marking the first time since 1966 that any England senior football team had won a major championship.

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. [4] That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup. [5] :43 Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971). [6] [7]

Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) later that year rescinded its ban on women playing on English Football League grounds. [8] [9] 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. [4] [10] The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents 3–2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal. [11] Pat Firth scored a hat-trick in an international against Scotland in 1973 among the 8–0 scoreline. [12] 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. [5] :94

1979–1993: Progress under Reagan

Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979. [5] :100 England reached the final of the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football, in 1984, 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. [13] 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. [14]

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. [15] 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. [5] :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. [5] :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. [16] 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. [17]

1998–2013: Development under Powell

Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland. [18] 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. [19] England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals. [20]

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. [21] [22] After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0. [23]

In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment. [24] [25] 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. [26]

England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play-off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland. [27] [28] In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan. [29] 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. [30]

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. [18]

2013–2017: Sampson era

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England women's team in February 2015

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. [31] 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. [32] [33]

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. [34] 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. [35]

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. [36]

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. [37] 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. [38] 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.

2018–2021: 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. [39]

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, [40] and England's 3–0 win against Wales in August 2018 saw them clinch the group and qualify for the World Cup finals. [41]

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. [42]

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. [43]

In March 2019 Winsford was chosen for the site of the £70m Cheshire FA Centre of Excellence, which will be the new home of the England Women's Football Team. It will also act as a training base for European teams playing in Liverpool and Manchester. The development was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. In October 2020 the Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave his support for the development to go ahead; planning applications are expected to be submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council in spring 2021 with a possible opening date of 2023. The site is being designed to revolutionise women's football in England. [44]

In the wake of the World Cup exit, England's form dropped as the team 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. [45] 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. [46] [47] [48] [49] In April 2020, Neville announced he would step down as manager when his contract expired in July 2021. Originally his tenure would have extended to England's hosting of UEFA Women's Euro 2021, but the tournament was postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [50] However, in January 2021, he elected to resign early in order to take up the managerial position at Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer club founded by previous England men's captain David Beckham. [51] [52] As it had already been agreed that incumbent Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman would be appointed to the role from September 2021, Hege Riise was named caretaker manager until then. [53] She oversaw a 6–0 friendly win over Northern Ireland in her first game in charge. [54]

From 2021: Wiegman era

England women's team in October 2022; ten of these eleven players (#1-10) were in the July 2022 Euro-winning side Eng Women 0 Czech Rep 0 11 10 2022-321 (52427095313).jpg
England women's team in October 2022; ten of these eleven players (#1–10) were in the July 2022 Euro-winning side

On 14 August 2020, the FA announced it had reached a four-year deal with incumbent Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman, who agreed to take over the team from September 2021, becoming the first non-British permanent manager. [55] [56] On 30 November 2021, during qualification for the 2023 FIFA World Cup, Ellen White became England's all-time record goals scorer (overtaking Kelly Smith), during a 20–0 win over Latvia, in which she scored a hat-trick. The game was a multi-record breaking game as three other players scored a hat-trick (Mead, Hemp (scored 4), and Russo), marking the first time four players had scored a hat-trick in a senior England women's game. The game was also the largest victory for either the men's or women's senior England sides, surpassing the women's team's 2005 13–0 win against Hungary and the men's 1882 13–0 win against Ireland. [57]

England were drawn into Group A of Women's Euro 2022 as hosts and won each of the group stage matches: 1–0 against Austria at Old Trafford in Manchester; [58] 8–0 against Norway at the Falmer Stadium in Brighton and Hove (a new European Championship record score); [59] and 5–0 against Northern Ireland at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton. [60] In the quarter-final, England recovered from being a goal behind against Spain to win 2–1 in extra time at the Falmer Stadium. [61] In the semi-final at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, they defeated Sweden 4–0, the highlight of this match being a goal scored by Alessia Russo with an "instinctive backheel". [62]

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England being crowned Champions of Europe after winning the Euro 2022 Final

No more years of hurt! No more need for dreaming, because dreams have become reality at Wembley! After 56 long years, it is glory against Germany once again, and this time, it yields history of its own because the Lionesses have finally won their first major trophy! England are European champions, and...(Pauses, crowd in background sings, "It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home!" chorus from Three Lions )

Vicki Sparks's radio call at the final whistle of the Women's Euro 2022 Final on BBC Radio 5 Live [63]

On 31 July, England defeated Germany 2–1 in extra time in the Women's Euro 2022 Final at Wembley, with Chloe Kelly's 110th-minute close-range goal from a corner being the decider after goals in normal time by Ella Toone for England and Lina Magull for Germany. It was the team's first-ever major trophy and was the first major international championship won by an England team (men's or women's) since 1966. [64] The final was watched by a crowd of 87,192, a record for either the men's or women's European Championship. [65]

Soon after Euro 2022, the England players wrote an open letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, the candidates in the ongoing Conservative Party leadership election, in which they declared their "legacy and goal was to inspire a nation". They saw their victory "as only the beginning". The letter pointed out that only 63% of British girls could play football in school PE lessons and concluded: "We – the 23 members of the England Senior Women's EURO Squad – ask you to make it a priority to invest in girls' football in schools, so that every girl has the choice". [66] [67]

With a further series of wins and draws including a friendly win against the United States at Wembley and qualifying for the 2023 Women's World Cup, the team ended 2022 having gone unbeaten for the calendar year. [68] In December at BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Mead became the first female footballer to win the Sports Personality of the Year Award, with the team as a whole winning the Team of the Year Award and Wiegman winning the Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award. [69]

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Nickname

The England women's national football team is widely nicknamed the Lionesses. The moniker was developed in-house by The Football Association's digital marketing department as a way of increasing the visibility and reach of the women's team to a dedicated women's football audience and community, particularly on social media. It was first used as a hashtag in June 2012 when the men's team was competing in UEFA Euro 2012 at the same time the women's team was playing a crucial UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifier against Netherlands in a bid to help differentiate the coverage and allow people to follow the women's team more easily without getting lost in conversation about the men which was using the same generic #ThreeLions branding at the time. The name started to be used organically by fans and media outlets before The Football Association adopted it as an official brand identity, including with commercial and licensing partners, ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. [70] [71]

The name was also used in an updated version of the popular English anthem "Three Lions" during England's ultimately successful Women's Euro 2022 run, which Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey, Faye White, Rachel Brown and Anita Asante performed along with Chelcee Grimes and original artists Lightning Seeds and David Baddiel (with another original artist, Frank Skinner, in attendance). [72]

Media coverage and promotion

The 2019 media campaign in announcing the World Cup squad was part of a broad marketing ambition to make the players into more recognisable stars to promote the team, the competition, and women's football. Using celebrities with connections to the players to make social media facing announcements, the marketing agency received praise for the campaign, which successfully increased social media engagement. [73]

A documentary film, The Lionesses: How Football Came Home, was produced about the 2022 Euro win and released later that year. [74]

England matches at selected international tournaments are currently broadcast by ITV Sport (excluding Euro and World Cup finals) and BBC (major finals). [75] [76] Previously, the Euro and World Cup finals were broadcast by Channel 4 (Euro 2017 only) and Eurosport.

Collective honours

World Cup teams

In 2015, the World Cup squad won the BT Sport Action Woman Awards Team of the Year award. [77]

In 2019, the World Cup squad won the GQ Men of the Year Inspiration Award. [78]

2022 Euro team

The 23-player squad and coach Sarina Wiegman who won the 2022 Euro, the women's team's first major international title, received several honours that year, including:

Results and fixtures

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.
Legend

  Win  Draw  Lose  Void or Postponed  Fixture

2022

17 February 2022 2022 Arnold Clark Cup England  Flag of England.svg1–1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Middlesbrough, England
19:30
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Report
Stadium: Riverside Stadium
Attendance: 8,769
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
20 February 2022 2022 Arnold Clark Cup England  Flag of England.svg0–0Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Norwich, England
15:15
Report
Stadium: Carrow Road
Attendance: 14,284
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
23 February 2022 2022 Arnold Clark Cup England  Flag of England.svg3–1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Wolverhampton, England
19:30
Report
Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 13,463
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
8 April 2022 2023 World Cup qualifying North Macedonia  Flag of North Macedonia.svg0–10Flag of England.svg  England Skopje, North Macedonia
20:00 (CEST)
Report
Stadium: Toše Proeski Arena
Referee: Vivian Peeters (Netherlands)
12 April 2022 2023 World Cup qualifying Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg0–5Flag of England.svg  England Belfast, Northern Ireland
19:55
Report
Stadium: Windsor Park
Attendance: 15,348
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
16 June 2022 Friendly England  Flag of England.svg3–0Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Wolverhampton, England
20:00
Report Stadium: Molineux Stadium
Attendance: 9,598
Referee: Sara Persson (Sweden)
24 June 2022 Friendly England  Flag of England.svg5–1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Leeds, England
20:00
Report
Stadium: Elland Road
Attendance: 19,365
Referee: Sandra Bastos (Portugal)
30 June 2022 Friendly Switzerland  Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg0–4Flag of England.svg  England Zürich, Switzerland
18:00 (CEST)
Report
Stadium: Letzigrund
Attendance: 10,022
Referee: Ainara Andrea Acevedo Dudley (Spain)
6 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 GS England  Flag of England.svg1–0Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Manchester, England
20:00
Report Stadium: Old Trafford
Attendance: 68,871
Referee: Marta Huerta de Aza (Spain)
11 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 GS England  Flag of England.svg8–0Flag of Norway.svg  Norway Brighton and Hove, England
20:00
Report Stadium: Falmer Stadium
Attendance: 28,847
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
15 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 GS Northern Ireland  Ulster Banner.svg0–5Flag of England.svg  England Southampton, England
20:00 Report
Stadium: St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 30,785
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
20 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 QF England  Flag of England.svg2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Brighton and Hove, England
20:00
Report
Stadium: Falmer Stadium
Attendance: 28,994
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
26 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 SF England  Flag of England.svg4–0Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Sheffield, England
20:00
Report Stadium: Bramall Lane
Attendance: 28,624
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
31 July 2022 UEFA Euro 2022 Final England  Flag of England.svg2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Germany.svg  Germany London, England
20:00
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 87,192
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
3 September 2022 2023 World Cup qualifying Austria  Flag of Austria.svg0–2Flag of England.svg  England Wiener Neustadt, Austria
16:30 (CEST) Report
Stadium: Stadion Wiener Neustadt
Attendance: 2,600
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
6 September 2022 2023 World Cup qualifying England  Flag of England.svg10–0Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Stoke-on-Trent, England
19:30
Report Stadium: Bet365 Stadium
Attendance: 24,174
Referee: Simona Ghisletta (Switzerland)
7 October 2022 Friendly England  Flag of England.svg2–1Flag of the United States.svg  United States London, England
20:00
Report
Stadium: Wembley Stadium
Attendance: 76,893
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
11 October 2022 Friendly England  Flag of England.svg0–0Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Brighton and Hove, England
20:00 Report Stadium: Falmer Stadium
Attendance: 21,222
Referee: Alexandra Collin (France)
11 November 2022 Friendly Japan  Flag of Japan.svg0–4Flag of England.svg  England Murcia, Spain
20:00 (CET) Report
Stadium: Pinatar Arena
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Zuzana Valentová (Slovakia)
15 November 2022 Friendly Norway  Flag of Norway.svg1–1Flag of England.svg  England Murcia, Spain
20:00 (CET)
Report
Stadium: Pinatar Arena
Referee: Zuzana Valentová (Slovakia)

2023

16 February 2023 2023 Arnold Clark Cup England  Flag of England.svgvFlag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Milton Keynes, England
Stadium: Stadium MK
19 February 2023 2023 Arnold Clark Cup England  Flag of England.svgvFlag of Italy.svg  Italy Coventry, England
Stadium: Coventry Building Society Arena
22 February 2023 2023 Arnold Clark Cup England  Flag of England.svgvFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Bristol, England
Stadium: Ashton Gate Stadium

Coaching staff

Current information

As of 10 August 2021
PositionStaffRef.
ManagerFlag of the Netherlands.svg Sarina Wiegman [88]
Assistant managerFlag of the Netherlands.svg Arjan Veurink [89]

Managerial history

As of 15 November 2022
ImageManagerTenurePWDLWin %Competitions
Flag of England.svg Eric Worthington 1972
Flag of England.svg Tom Tranter 1973–1979
Flag of England.svg Mike Rawding 1979
Flag of England.svg Martin Reagan 1979–1990 Euro 1984 runners-up
Euro 1987 fourth place
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Barrie Williams 1991
Flag of England.svg John Bilton 1991–1993
Flag of England.svg Ted Copeland 1993–1998 Euro 1995 semi-finals
1995 World Cup quarter-finals
Flag of England.svg Dick Bate 1998
(caretaker)
Arsenal LFC v Kelly Smith All-Stars XI (076) (cropped).jpg Flag of England.svg Hope Powell 1998–2013169853351050.3 Euro 2001 group stage
Euro 2005 group stage
2007 World Cup quarter-finals
Euro 2009 runners-up
2011 World Cup quarter-finals
Euro 2013 group stage
Flag of England.svg Brent Hills 2006, 2013
(caretaker)
5401080.0
Mark Sampson, England Ladies v Montenegro 5 4 2014 1058 (cropped).jpg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Mark Sampson 2013–20176039813065.0 2015 World Cup third place
Euro 2017 semi-finals
Flag of England.svg Mo Marley 2017–2018
(caretaker)
3201066.7
England Women 0 New Zealand Women 1 01 06 2019-1360 (47986481842) (cropped).jpg Flag of England.svg Phil Neville 2018–20213519511054.3 2019 World Cup fourth place
Hege Riise (2017).jpg Flag of Norway.svg Hege Riise 2021
(caretaker)
3102033.3
Eng Women 0 Czech Rep 0 11 10 2022-258 (52427094508) (cropped).jpg Flag of the Netherlands.svg Sarina Wiegman 2021–262240084.6 Euro 2022 champions

Players

Caps, goals, and recent players may be outdated or incorrect, as the FA does not maintain a database of historical statistics.

Current squad

The following 22 players were named to the squad for the friendly matches against Flag of Japan.svg  Japan and Flag of Norway.svg  Norway in November 2022. [90] [91]

Caps and goals are correct as of match played 15 November 2022 against Flag of Norway.svg  Norway.

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClub
1 GK Mary Earps (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 29)290 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
1 GK Ellie Roebuck (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 23)100 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
1 GK Sandy MacIver (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 (age 24)10 Flag of England.svg Manchester City

2 DF Alex Greenwood (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 29)715 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Millie Bright (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 29)645 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
2 DF Rachel Daly (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 31)6311 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa
2 DF Lotte Wubben-Moy (1999-01-11) 11 January 1999 (age 24)80 Flag of England.svg Arsenal
2 DF Niamh Charles (1999-06-21) 21 June 1999 (age 23)40 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
2 DF Esme Morgan (2000-10-18) 18 October 2000 (age 22)30 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
2 DF Gabby George (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 25)20 Flag of England.svg Everton
2 DF Maya Le Tissier (2002-04-18) 18 April 2002 (age 20)10 Flag of England.svg Manchester United

3 MF Keira Walsh (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 25)540 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
3 MF Georgia Stanway (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 (age 24)4514 Flag of Germany.svg Bayern Munich
3 MF Ella Toone (1999-09-02) 2 September 1999 (age 23)2715 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
3 MF Katie Zelem (1996-01-20) 20 January 1996 (age 27)50 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
3 MF Jess Park (2001-10-21) 21 October 2001 (age 21)11 Flag of England.svg Everton

4 FW Nikita Parris (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 28)7117 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
4 FW Chloe Kelly (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 25)203 Flag of England.svg Manchester City
4 FW Alessia Russo (1999-02-08) 8 February 1999 (age 23)1710 Flag of England.svg Manchester United
4 FW Lauren James (2001-09-29) 29 September 2001 (age 21)50 Flag of England.svg Chelsea
4 FW Ebony Salmon (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 21)30 Flag of the United States.svg Houston Dash
4 FW Katie Robinson (2002-08-08) 8 August 2002 (age 20)10 Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion

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 22)20 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa UEFA Women's Euro 2022

DF Lucy Bronze (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 31)10011 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona v.Flag of Norway.svg  Norway, 15 November 2022 INJ
DF Demi Stokes (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 31)691 Flag of England.svg Manchester City v.Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic, 11 October 2022
DF Jess Carter (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 25)121 Flag of England.svg Chelsea v.Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic, 11 October 2022
DF Leah Williamson (captain) (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 25)392 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v.Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 7 October 2022 INJ
DF Lucy Parker (1998-11-18) 18 November 1998 (age 24)00 Flag of England.svg West Ham United v.Flag of the United States.svg  United States, 7 October 2022 INJ
DF Steph Houghton (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 34)12113 Flag of England.svg Manchester City UEFA Women's Euro 2022 PRE

MF Jordan Nobbs (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 30)698 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa v.Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, 11 November 2022 INJ
MF Fran Kirby (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 29)6517 Flag of England.svg Chelsea v.Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, 11 November 2022 MED
MF Jill Scott (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 35)16127Retired UEFA Women's Euro 2022
MF Lucy Staniforth (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 (age 30)172 Flag of England.svg Aston Villa UEFA Women's Euro 2022 PRE

FW Beth Mead (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 27)5029 Flag of England.svg Arsenal v.Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, 11 November 2022 WD
FW Lauren Hemp (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 (age 22)3210 Flag of England.svg Manchester City v.Flag of Japan.svg  Japan, 11 November 2022 INJ
FW Bethany England (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 28)2111 Flag of England.svg Tottenham Hotspur v.Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg, 6 September 2022
FW Ellen White (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 33)11352Retired UEFA Women's Euro 2022

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • MED = Withdrew on medical grounds
  • WD = Player withdrew from the squad due to non-injury or medical issue.

Team captains

Records

As of 15 November 2022

Most capped players

Fara Williams is England's most capped player and fourth 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 fourth highest goalscorer with 40 goals in 172 appearances since 2001.
#NameEngland careerCapsGoalsRef
1 Fara Williams 2001–201917240 [92]
2 Jill Scott 2006–202216127 [93]
3 Karen Carney 2005–201914432 [94]
4 Alex Scott 2004–201714012 [95]
5 Casey Stoney 2000–20181306 [96]
6 Rachel Yankey 1997–201312919
7 Steph Houghton 2007–12113
8 Gillian Coultard 1981–200011930
9 Kelly Smith 1995–201411746
10 Ellen White 2010–202211352

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

Top goalscorers

Ellen White is England's top goalscorer with 52 goals and tenth highest appearance maker with 113 Ellen White 47986452323 james boyes.jpg
Ellen White is England's top goalscorer with 52 goals and tenth highest appearance maker with 113
#NameEngland careerGoalsCapsAverageRef
1 Ellen White (list)2010–2022521130.46 [97]
2 Kelly Smith (list)1995–2015461170.39 [98]
3 Kerry Davis 1982–199844820.54 [99]
4 Karen Walker 1988–200340830.48 [100]
Fara Williams 2001–20191720.23 [92]
6 Hope Powell 1983–199835660.53
7 Eniola Aluko 2004–2017331020.32
8 Karen Carney 2005–2019321440.22
9 Gillian Coultard 1981–2000301190.25
10 Beth Mead 2018–29500.58

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

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. [101] 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. [102]

Ellen White has scored the most goals for England, with 52. She surpassed Kelly Smith's record on 30 November 2021, scoring a hat-trick against Latvia during a UEFA qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup where England won 20–0, the Lionesses' biggest-ever competitive win. [103]

Attendance

DateOpponentResult
F–A
VenueAttendanceCompetition
Gold medal icon.svg31 July 2022Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2–1 ( a.e.t. ) Wembley Stadium, London, England87,192 [104] UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Final
Silver medal icon.svg9 November 20191–277,768 [105] Friendly
Bronze medal icon.svg7 October 2022Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–176,893 [106]
46 July 2022Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1–0 Old Trafford, Manchester, England68,871 [107] UEFA Women's Euro 2022 group stage
527 July 2019Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2–1 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada54,027 [108] 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final
In England only
DateOpponentResult
F–A
VenueAttendanceCompetition
Gold medal icon.svg31 July 2022Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 2–1 ( a.e.t. ) Wembley Stadium, London 87,192 [104] UEFA Women's Euro 2022 Final
Silver medal icon.svg9 November 20191–277,768 [105] Friendly
Bronze medal icon.svg7 October 2022Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2–176,893 [106]
46 July 2022Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 1–0 Old Trafford, Manchester 68,871 [107] UEFA Women's Euro 2022 group stage
523 November 2014Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 0–3 Wembley Stadium, London 45,619 [109] Friendly

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup six times (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2023) 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. The team finished in fourth place in 2019.

FIFA World Cup finals recordQualification record
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGDGPWD*LGFGAGD
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Did not qualify623142+2
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Quarter-finals420269−36420290+29
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Did not qualify8305912−3
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 103341210+2
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Quarter-finals412186+28620292+27
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 422063+310910354+31
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Third place7502107+3101000521+51
Flag of France (lighter variant).svg 2019 Fourth place7502135+88710291+28
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 2023 Qualified101000800+80
Total6/92615474330+137651121021132+245
*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. [110]

An agreement in 2019 allows for England, as the highest-ranked home nation, to qualify an Olympic team on behalf of Great Britain. [111] They successfully achieved this 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. [112]

UEFA European Championship

England first entered the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984, reaching the final that year and subsequently in both 2009 and 2022. The team have reached the semi-finals on three other occasions (1987, 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.

UEFA European Championship recordQualifying record
YearResultGPWD*LGFGAGPWD*LGFGA
Flag of England.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1984 Runners-up4301426600241
Flag of Norway.svg 1987 Fourth place2002356600342
Flag of Germany.svg 1989 Did not qualify6213610
Flag of Denmark.svg 1991 823358
Flag of Italy.svg 1993 6402117
Flag of England.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Semi-finals2002268620332
Flag of Norway.svg Flag of Sweden.svg 1997 Did not qualify8422196
Flag of Germany.svg 2001 Group stage30121885121214
Flag of England.svg 2005 310245Qualified as host
Flag of Finland.svg 2009 Runners-up 631212148620244
Flag of Sweden.svg 2013 Group stage3012378620222
Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2017 Semi-finals54011148710231
Flag of England.svg 2022 Champions 6600222Qualified as host
2025 To be determined To be determined
Total9/13341731462538054141221357
*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
Flag of England.svg 2022 Arnold Clark Cup Winners1st312042
Total8 titles8541222515089

FIFA world rankings

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