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Women’s World Cup: England’s Potential Path to Glory – Lionesses Face Formidable Foes en Route to the Final

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With the Women’s World Cup underway in Australia and New Zealand, England’s Lionesses are prepared to tackle the challenge of securing their first-ever title. After their triumphant performance at the Euro 2022 on home soil, the team, led by manager Sarina Wiegman, is set to face formidable contenders, including the United States, Spain, France, and Germany, as they embark on their journey to potential glory.

As the fourth-ranked team globally, England stands among the favorites to lift the trophy. However, with the expanded format featuring 32 teams in eight groups, the path to the final is laden with tough adversaries that will test their mettle at every step.

In the group stage, England faces Group D opponents Haiti, Denmark, and China. As the top seeds in their section, the Lionesses are expected to advance. However, Denmark and China, ranked 13th and 14th in the world, respectively, pose potential challenges. Meanwhile, Haiti seeks to make an impact in their World Cup debut.

  1. July 22: England vs. Haiti (10:30 UK time, Brisbane)
  2. July 28: England vs. Denmark (9:30 UK time, Sydney)
  3. August 1: China vs. England (12:00 UK time, Adelaide)

Last 16: A Tougher Test

Depending on their performance in the group stage, England will face the runners-up or winners of Group B. If they top their group, they may encounter Olympic champions Canada, while finishing second could lead to a clash with co-hosts Australia, the top seeds in Group B.

Potential Last 16: England vs. Canada (August 7, 8:30 UK time, Sydney)

Quarter-Finals: Navigating Through Giants

The quarter-finals are set to be a challenging stage. If England wins their group and last 16 match, they may encounter Germany or Brazil, both formidable opponents. Germany, ranked second in the world, has two World Cup titles to their name, setting the stage for a classic encounter.

Alternatively, if England finishes second in Group D but advances through the last 16, they are likely to face France, who boasts a strong FIFA ranking at No. 5.

Potential Quarter-Final: England vs. Germany (August 12, 8:00 UK time, Brisbane)

Semi-Finals: Pursuing the Dream

The semi-finals have been a stumbling block for England in past World Cups. As they progress, the Lionesses could face Australia or France, with the latter holding a higher FIFA ranking at No. 5. Should England finish as group runners-up, a rematch with the group leaders could also be on the cards.

Potential Semi-Final: England vs. France (August 16, 11:00 UK time, Sydney)

The Final: The Ultimate Showdown

Reaching the final will be a remarkable achievement for England, but standing in their way are top contenders like the United States, a two-time defending champion and a record four-time winner. The final clash is projected to feature England against the United States, the world’s No. 1 team.

However, Spain, Sweden, or the Netherlands may disrupt this script, promising an unpredictable and thrilling World Cup finale.

Potential Final: England vs. United States (August 20, 11:00 UK time, Sydney)

As England’s Lionesses chase their dreams of World Cup glory, the football world awaits the exhilarating spectacle of fierce competition and inspiring performances in the quest for the coveted trophy.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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