|Association||The Football Association|
|Head coach||Phil Neville|
|Most caps||Fara Williams (170)|
|Top scorer||Kelly Smith (46)|
|Current|| 4 |
|Highest||2 (March 2018)|
|Lowest||14 (June 2004)|
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
|Appearances||5 (first in 1995 )|
|Best result||Third place (2015)|
|Appearances||8 (first in 1984 )|
|Best result||Runners-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.
The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of association football in England, the Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man. Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in its territory.
The Women's Football Association (WFA) was the governing body of women's football in England. It was formed in 1969 and was disbanded in 1993, as responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the amateur game of women's football in England passed to The FA.
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 in 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 December 2018, the team was 20th in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.
England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup four times, reaching the quarter-final stage 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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The 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, the second edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was held in Sweden and won by Norway. The tournament featured 12 women's national teams from six continental confederations. The 12 teams were drawn into three groups of four and each group played a round-robin tournament. At the end of the group stage, the top two teams and two best third-ranked teams advanced to the knockout stage, beginning with the quarter-finals and culminating with the final at Råsunda Stadium on 18 June 1995.
The 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, the fifth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, was an international association football competition for women held in China from 10 to 30 September 2007. Originally, China was to host the 2003 edition, but the outbreak of SARS in that country forced that event to be moved to the United States. FIFA immediately granted the 2007 event to China, which meant that no new host nation was chosen competitively until the voting was held for the 2011 Women's World Cup.
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 a few years later in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game. 43 Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971).That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup. :
The England national football team represents England in senior men's international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football in England.
The 1966 FIFA World Cup was the eighth FIFA World Cup and was held in England from 11 to 30 July 1966. England beat West Germany 4–2 in the final, winning the Jules Rimet Trophy. It is England's only FIFA World Cup title. They were the fifth nation to win and the third host nation to win after Uruguay in 1930 and Italy in 1934.
Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) rescinded its fifty-year ban on women playing on Football League grounds. 94Shortly 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. The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents by 3 goals to 2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal. 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. :
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Eric Senior Worthington was an English professional footballer and football coach who played as a forward. After a playing career which included spells in the Football League with Watford and Bradford City, he was appointed the first ever manager of the England women's national team in 1972. He later coached the men's national teams of Australia and Papua New Guinea. He is a member of Australia's Football Hall of Fame.
Greenock is a town and administrative centre in the Inverclyde council area in Scotland and a former burgh within the historic county of Renfrewshire, located in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. It forms part of a contiguous urban area with Gourock to the west and Port Glasgow to the east.
Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979. 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. 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.:
Charles Martin Reagan, known as Martin Reagan, was an English professional footballer and coach / manager. During his playing career, Reagan played in the Football League for York City, Hull City, Middlesbrough, Shrewsbury Town, Portsmouth and Norwich City. He later coached the England women's national football team. Prior to his football career Reagan served as a Staff Sgt Tank Commander in World War II.
The 1984 European Competition for Women's Football was won by Sweden on penalties against England. It comprised four qualifying groups, the winner of each going through to the semi-finals which were played over two legs, home and away. As only sixteen teams took part, the competition could not be granted official status. Matches comprised two halves of 35 minutes, played with a size four football.
The Denmark women's national football team represents Denmark in international women's football. The team is controlled by the Danish Football Association (DBU).
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. 103–104Reagan 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. :
The 1987 European Competition for Women's Football took place in Norway. It was won by the hosts in a final against defending champions Sweden. Once again, the competition began with four qualifying groups, but this time a host nation was selected for the semi-final stage onwards after the four semi-finalists were identified.
The 1991 UEFA Women's Championship took place in Denmark. It was won by Germany in a final against Norway in a repeat of the previous edition's final. Eighteen teams entered qualifying, which was enough to make the competition the first fully official one, so the name was changed to the UEFA Women's Championship.
The 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup was the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup, the world championship for women's national association football teams. It took place in Guangdong, China from 16 to 30 November 1991. FIFA, football's international governing body selected China as host nation as Guangdong had hosted a prototype world championship three years earlier, the 1988 FIFA Women's Invitation Tournament. Matches were played in the state capital, Guangzhou, as well as in Foshan, Jiangmen and Zhongshan. The competition was sponsored by Mars, Incorporated. With FIFA still reluctant to bestow their "World Cup" brand, the tournament was officially known as the 1st FIFA World Championship for Women's Football for the M&M's Cup.
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. 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. Reaching the European semi-finals granted England a place at the World Cup for the first time. The team advanced from the group stages of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, but lost out again to Germany 3–0 in the quarter-finals.:
Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland.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 stages. England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals.
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.After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0.
In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment.Three months later, at the European Championships in Finland, England marked their return to the recently expanded twelve 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 stages on the way to the final. There they lost 6–2 to reigning champions Germany.
England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland.In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan. 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.
Powell left the role in August 2013 after a poor showing at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, with England bowing out early at the group stages.
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.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.
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.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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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, and England's 3–0 win against Wales in August 2018 saw them clinch the group and qualify for the World Cup finals.
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.
England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup four times (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015) and failed to qualify for three competitions (1991, 1999, 2003). The England team reached the quarter final stage 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.
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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 stages in three other editions (2001, 2005, 2013). England did not qualify in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997.
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England do not participate in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, as the country does not have its own National Olympic Committee (NOC). Members of its team have played for the Great Britain women's Olympic football team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. 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.
|Winners, group stage||1st||2||2||0||0||9||1|
The following 23 players were named to the squad for the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.
Head coach: Phil Neville
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|GK||Karen Bardsley||14 October 1984||74||0|
|GK||Mary Earps||7 March 1993||4||0|
|GK||Carly Telford||7 July 1987||16||0|
|DF||Gemma Bonner||13 July 1991||11||1|
|DF||Lucy Bronze||28 October 1991||65||7|
|DF||Rachel Daly||6 December 1991||19||3|
|DF||Alex Greenwood||7 September 1993||34||2|
|DF||Steph Houghton (captain)||23 April 1988||103||12|
|DF||Abbie McManus||14 January 1993||11||0|
|DF||Demi Stokes||12 December 1991||48||1|
|DF||Leah Williamson||29 March 1997||5||0|
|MF||Karen Carney||1 August 1987||137||32|
|MF||Isobel Christiansen||20 September 1991||31||6|
|MF||Lucy Staniforth||2 October 1992||7||2|
|MF||Georgia Stanway||3 January 1999||4||1|
|MF||Keira Walsh||8 April 1997||12||0|
|FW||Toni Duggan||25 July 1991||69||22|
|FW||Fran Kirby||29 June 1993||37||12|
|FW||Beth Mead||9 May 1995||10||4|
|FW||Nikita Parris||10 March 1994||30||11|
|FW||Jodie Taylor||17 May 1986||38||17|
|FW||Chioma Ubogagu||10 September 1992||2||1|
|FW||Ellen White||9 May 1989||78||27|
The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last twelve months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Sandy MacIver||18 June 1998||0||0||2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|GK||Ellie Roebuck||23 September 1999||1||0||Training camp, January 2019|
|GK||Siobhan Chamberlain||15 August 1983||50||0||v. |
|DF||Hannah Blundell||25 May 1994||3||0||Training camp, January 2019|
|DF||Millie Bright||21 August 1993||25||0||Training camp, January 2019|
|DF||Gabrielle George||2 February 1997||2||0||Training camp, January 2019|
|MF||Jill Scott||2 February 1987||132||22||2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|MF||Jade Moore||22 October 1990||44||1||Training camp, January 2019|
|MF||Jordan Nobbs||8 December 1992||56||7||v. |
|MF||Fara Williams||25 January 1984||170||40||v. |
|FW||Lauren Hemp||7 August 2000||0||0||2019 SheBelieves Cup PRE|
|FW||Melissa Lawley||28 April 1994||11||1||Training camp, January 2019|
|FW||Chloe Kelly||15 January 1998||1||0||v. |
|FW||Lauren Bruton||22 November 1992||1||0||v. |
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 165 times since 2001. She overtook previous record holder Rachel Yankey in August 2014, in a friendly against Sweden.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. Alex Scott is currently the second highest capped female England player with 140 caps, followed by Karen Carney with 132 and Casey Stoney with 130. Rachel Yankey has the fifth highest number of England caps.
Kelly Smith has scored the highest number of goals for England, with 46 over a twenty-year international career. She surpassed Karen Walker's 40 goal record in September 2010, in a World Cup qualifying play off against Switzerland.
|Carol Thomas (née McCune)||1976–1985|
|1 March 2018 SheBelieves Cup|| England ||4–1||Columbus, United States|
|21:00 ET|| Duggan |
|Report|| Thiney ||Stadium: Mapfre Stadium |
Referee: Christina Unkel (United States)
|4 March 2018SheBelieves Cup|| Germany ||2–2||Harrison, United States|
|20:00 ET|| Kayikçi |
|Report|| White ||Stadium: Red Bull Arena |
Referee: Karen Abt (United States)
|8 March 2018SheBelieves Cup|| United States ||1–0||Orlando, United States|
|18:00 ET|| Bardsley ||Report||Stadium: Orlando City Stadium |
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)
|6 April 2018 WCQ-G1|| England ||0–0||Southampton, England|
|Report||Stadium: St Mary's Stadium |
|10 April 2018 WCQ-G1|| Bosnia and Herzegovina ||0–2||Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|Report||Stadium: Bosnia FA Training Center|
|8 June 2018 WCQ-G1|| Russia ||1–3||Moscow, Russia|
| Danilova ||Report|| Parris |
|Stadium: Sapsan Arena |
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)
|31 August 2018 WCQ-G1|| Wales ||0–3||Newport, Wales|
|19:45||Report|| Duggan |
|Stadium: Rodney Parade |
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
|4 September 2018 WCQ-G1|| Kazakhstan ||0–6||Pavlodar, Kazakhstan|
|Report|| Mead |
Referee: Hristiana Guteva (Bulgaria)
|6 October 2018 Friendly|| England ||1–0||Nottingham, England|
|12:30||Stadium: Meadow Lane |
|9 October 2018 Friendly|| England ||1–1||London, England|
| Kirby ||Report|| Polkinghorne ||Stadium: Craven Cottage |
Referee: Florence Guillemin (France)
|8 November 2018Friendly|| Austria ||0–3||Maria Enzersdorf, Austria|
|19:00|| Summary |
|27 February 2019 SheBelieves Cup|| England ||2–1||Chester, Pennsylvania|
|16:00 EST||Report||Stadium: Talen Energy Stadium |
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)
|2 March 2019 SheBelieves Cup|| United States ||2–2||Nashville, Tennessee|
|16:30 EST||Report||Stadium: Nissan Stadium |
Referee: Marianela Araya (Costa Rica)
|5 March 2019 SheBelieves Cup|| Japan ||0–3||Tampa, Florida|
|17:15 EST||Report||Stadium: Raymond James Stadium |
Referee: Christina Unkel (United States)
The Germany national football team is the men's football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Ever since the DFB was reinaugurated in 1949 the team has represented the Federal Republic of Germany. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate national teams were also recognised by FIFA: the Saarland team representing the Saarland (1950–1956) and the East German team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). Both have been absorbed along with their records by the current national team. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following the reunification in 1990.
The Republic of Ireland national football team represents Ireland in association football. It is governed by the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and stages its home fixtures at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The Wales national football team represents Wales in international football. It is controlled by the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the governing body for football in Wales and the third-oldest national football association in the world.
The Spain national football team represents Spain in international men's association football since 1920, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.
The Switzerland national football team is the national football team of Switzerland. The team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.
The Croatia national football team represents Croatia in international association football matches. The team is controlled by the Croatian Football Federation (HNS), the nation's governing body for football, and is widely supported throughout the country due to the ever-present popularity of the sport. Most home matches are played at the Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb or though other smaller venues are also used occasionally. They are one of the youngest national teams to reach the knockout stage of a major tournament, as well as the youngest team to occupy the top 10 in the FIFA World Rankings.
The Poland national football team represents Poland in association football and is controlled by the Polish Football Association, the governing body for football in Poland.
The Iceland men's national football team represents Iceland in international football. The team is controlled by the Football Association of Iceland.
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Jessica Anne Clarke is an English footballer who plays as a winger or forward for FA WSL club Liverpool and the England national team. After beginning her career with hometown team Leeds United, Clarke joined Lincoln Ladies in 2010 and remained with the club when it re-branded as Notts County four years later. After six seasons at Notts County, Clarke signed for league rivals Liverpool in April 2017. Since making her senior England debut in 2009, Clarke has won over 40 caps. She has represented her country at two editions of the UEFA Women's Championship and at the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
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