Womens World Cup Preview

Written by Square in the Air

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The Women’s World Cup kicked off with a bang over the weekend as ticket holders in Canada, and millions of viewers around the world, were treated to goals aplenty. Tournament favourites Germany were in ominous form as they put 10 past an outclassed Ivory Coast, while Norway scored five against minnows Thailand. 

England’s World Cup campaign kicks off Tuesday with a crunch match against rivals France that will likely decide the group F winner in Canada. Lionesses manager Mark Sampson is overseeing a side that made light work of qualification, but stuttered in pre-tournament friendlies against the USA, Germany and hosts Canada. The target for England is getting to the semi-final, but the sixth ranked side in the world will need to upset the odds to do so. Tuesday’s opponents, France, are ranked third in the world and knocked England out of the previous world cup quarter-finals – on penalties. 

Les Blues also thumped England 3-0 in group play at the 2013 European Championships consigning the side to finish bottom of their group, and led to the end of Hope Powell’s tenure as manager. However, there is reason for optimism in the England camp as a number of players have been brought back into the fold by Welsh coach Sampson, alongside emerging talent like Fran Kirby who shone in England’s 1-0 defeat to the USA. However, France will likely have a bit too much for the Lionesses in this first game of Group F. The form side of the past year, and boasting a burgeoning domestic league whose clubs are starting to win European trophies and produce talent. Regardless of the outcome of tomorrow’s fixture, England still should deal with Mexico and Columbia to emerge from the group knowing that a run of good form could see them troubling the later stages of the tournament.

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