After a rather disappointing showing against Haiti, Sarina Wiegman’s England will look to make amends with an improved performance on Friday as they take on Denmark in Sydney. Despite picking up all three points in their opening game, the Lionesses looked far from impressive – with a masterclass from Mary Earps keeping them in the lead at times.
It was Georgia Stanway that found the crucial goal from the penalty spot at the second time of asking, with the Haitian ‘keeper judged to have encroached on the area as she made a fabulous save to deny the first effort.
But the Lionesses were visibly weakened by the loss of Leah Williamson, with the midfield seemingly rendered ineffective against the Women’s World Cup debutants. Sarina Wiegman’s side will need to kick it up a gear against a Danish side that recorded a slender win over China, else they run the very real risk of an embarrassing group stage elimination.
Sarina Wiegman is expected to name an unchanged lineup from the side that defeated Haiti, while Amalie Vangsgaard is likely to return to the bench – despite netting Denmark’s late winner on Matchday 1.
England: Earps; Greenwood, Carter, Bright, Bronze; Walsh, Stanway, Toone; Hemp, Russo, Kelly
Denmark: Christensen; Sevecke, Ballisager, Boye, Veje; Hasbo, Holmgaard, Kuhl; Thomsen, Sorensen, Harder
Where can I watch?
Kick-off in Sydney is scheduled for 09:30 UK time on Friday, 28th July 2023. The coverage will begin at 9:00am on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. If you’re unable to watch the match, fear not- we’ll have a detailed match report published within minutes of the final whistle.