Last score: England 0-0 Belgium
The complete teams..
PER: Mary Earps (GK), Lucy Bronze, Demi Stokes, Keira Walsh, Millie Bright, Lotte Wubben-Moy, Beth Mead, Leah Williamson, Ellen White, Georgia Stanway, Lauren Hemp.
Subs: Rachel Daly, Hannah Hampton (GK), Fran Kirby, Ella Toone, Alex Greenwood, Nikita Parris, Chloe Kelly, Bethany England, Jill Scott, Ellie Roebuck (GK), Alessia Russo, Jess Carter.
BEL: Nicky Evrard, Davina Deloose, Sari Kees, Laura De Neve, Davina Philtjens, Julie Biesmans, Marie Minnaert, Feli Delacauw, Sarah Wijnants, Tine De Caigny, Tessa Wullaert.
Subs: Lisa Lichtfus (GK), Diede Lemey (GK), Jody Vangheluwe, Amber Tysiak, Lenie Onzia, Davinia Vanmechelen, Charlotte Tison, Hannah Eurlings, Ella Van Kerkhoven.
England are good enough to win the Euro…
…it says Luke Edwards, Northern Telegraph Football Writer. In case you missed it, read Luke’s in-depth analysis of why this could – and should – be the Year of the Lionesses.
“As tough as it sounds, anything less than a place in the final will be viewed through the prism of failure and disappointment.
“England have reached the semi-finals of each of the last three tournaments, a run that dates back to 2015. Standards have been set, expectations must be met and there is no room for sentimentality with former captain Steph Houghton not included.”
Let’s take a look at England’s starting eleven
England women vs Belgium preview
Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of England versus Belgium – the Lionesses’ first home Euro warm-up game this summer!
Sarina Weigman unveiled her 23-man squad for the tournament yesterday, with former captain Steph Houghton – who has battled an Achilles tendon injury in recent months – the most important omission.
England have enjoyed an easy ride since the Dutchwoman took charge last summer. They are undefeated in 11 games and score for fun against relatively easy opponents (remember the 20-0 against Latvia?) To give an idea of their dominance, the Lionesses have scored 72 goals in their last 11 games. giving only two.
But that’s where it gets serious – and that’s why this accessory takes on added meaning. This is the first real opportunity that England players will have to claim a spot in the Euro Cup opener against Austria at Old Trafford on 6 July.
Wiegman admitted she was “getting a little closer” to meeting her best eleven when asked if strong individual performances against Belgium – ahead of two more warm-up games against the Netherlands and Switzerland – could determine her starting lineup.
“This team is very competitive so we have some tough choices to make. That’s another reason we play these three games,” she said. “Players need to keep acting. When you play a really good game, now you have opportunities. It’s about knowing where the players are and seeing how we can make other scenarios work.”
Belgium, which will contest this summer’s championships, have made steady progress on the women’s football scene in recent years. The Red Flames are not lacking in experience in their ranks – keep an eye out for Janice Cayman, who has 124 caps and is second on the all-time leading scorers list.