November 18 marks the 50th anniversary of the England senior women’s team. England beat Scotland 3-2 at Greenock on this day in 1972 and tonight’s international at Wembley will be dedicated to that anniversary.
Around 150 former and current England women’s internationals are expected to attend the game as FA guests, and 20 former players joined the current squad at Lensbury Resort on Tuesday to meet the players and watch them train . Ahead of kick-off tonight, 12 members of that very first team from 1972 will receive bespoke England caps on the evening as part of a special presentation led by Jill Scott, among other VIPs.
In what promises to be a busy evening for Scott, who is expected to enjoy his retirement, the former England international will later be honored pitchside with the presentation of a framed shirt, before lifting the trophy of Euro 2020 which she helped win at the edge of the field. to help increase crowd capacity before kick-off.
Here’s hoping Sunderland’s best manages to carry out all those pre-match duties without any of that jaw-dropping effervescence and jeffing that was so instrumental in earning its national treasure status in the Euro final against Germany.
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“Sarina Wiegman’s side now have the same winning mentality as the USWNT,” writes Anita Asante, Bristol City’s first-team coach and former England international in our weekly women’s football newsletter. “The match at Wembley will be fascinating,” she concluded.
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Alex Morgan is the most visible absentee from a 24-woman squad named by Vlatko Andonvski for USA friendlies against England and Spain which includes big names such as Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbaum, Rose Lavelle and Lindsey Horan.
The San Diego Wave striker, who endlessly enraged humorless England fans with her tea-sipping goal celebration in the World Cup semi-finals, was ruled out with a knee injury.
Still in high school, where she plays on a boys’ team (or the boys play on her team), 17-year-old Alyssa Thompson could make her debut in Morgan’s absence. With more than 120 caps to her credit, Portland Thorns defender Crystal Dunn gets her first international call-up since giving birth to son Marcel in May.
Video: Megan Rapinoe and her teammates are ‘exhausted’ following the release of Sally Yates’ report into emotional and sexual abuse in the NWSL, but she added that the US Women’s National Team is used to shouldering burdens off the court . “We are angry and exhausted and together, and unified,” she said. “So that’s kind of all of that.”
Since triumphing at the Euros, England have lost Lionesses legends Jill Scott and Ellen White to retirement and also have a number of injury absences to contend with.
Captain Leah Williamson picked up an injury in training this week which ruled out the Arsenal defender, while West Ham defender Lucy Parker and Manchester United striker Alessia Russo are also ruled out.
In Williamson’s absence, Millie Bright will wear the captain’s armband, while Nikita Parris and Lotte Wubben-Moy have been called up to Sarina Wiegman’s squad as cover.
After a sensational summer in which they won the European Championships, England host the world champions tonight at Wembley Stadium. It may be a friendly, but it’s the fastest England sellout – men or women – in New Wembley history. With both sides undefeated this calendar year, no quarterbacks are expected to be requested or granted once the game kicks off, especially with the World Cup set to take place in Australia and New Zealand next summer.
However, the rivalry will be briefly put aside as both groups of players have planned a pre-match show of solidarity and unity following the publication of Sally Yates’ independent report earlier this week, which detailed the widespread abuse and sexual misconduct perpetrated by National coaches. Women’s Football League. The report also revealed that the teams, the NWSL and US Soccer did not have basic player guarantees in place. Both sets of players will wear teal armbands tonight to show solidarity with victims of sexual abuse.
On an evening that should and almost certainly will be a celebration of the popularity of women’s football in the US and UK, it is imperative that we do not try to gloss over Yates’ heartbreaking verdict, the former acting American player. Attorney General. Kick-off at Wembley tonight is 8pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news, more on Yates’ thoroughly depressing report and the build-up to the game.