England women's national football team

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England
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Three Lionesses
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Mark Sampson
Asst coach Marieanne Spacey
Captain Steph Houghton
Most caps Fara Williams (134)
Top scorer Kelly Smith (46)
FIFA code ENG
FIFA ranking 6 Increase 1 (19 December 2014)[1]
Highest FIFA ranking 6 (July 2011, December 2014)
Lowest FIFA ranking 14 (June 2004)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 19 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Hungary 0–13 England 
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 8–0 England 
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1995)
Best result Quarter-finals, 1995, 2007, 2011
UEFA Women's Championship
Appearances 9 (First in 1984)
Best result Runner-up, 1984, 2009

The England women's national football team represents England in international women's association football. Since 1993 the team has been governed by the Football Association (FA), having been previously controlled by the Women's Football Association (WFA) from 1972 until 1993. England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, England is one of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, meaning that it is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments,[2] with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

England has qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup three times, reaching the quarter final stage on each occasion in 1995, 2007 and 2011. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009. In May 2009 central contracts were implemented, to help players focus on full-time training and playing, without having to fit it around full-time employment. Initially 17 players signed contracts.[3]

Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in July 1998, succeeding Ted Copeland. She left the role in August 2013, with England ranked No. 11 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings.

Competitive record[edit]

England team in February 2015

World Cup performance[edit]

  • Unofficial competitions:
    • 1970: 4th
    • 1971: 5th
    • 1984: 1st round
    • 1985: Winners
    • 1988: Winners

World Cup[edit]

World Cup finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
China 1991 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Sweden 1995 Quarter-finals 4 2 0 2 6 9 −3
United States 1999 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
United States 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
China 2007 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 8 6 +2
Germany 2011 Quarter-finals 4 2 2 0 6 3 +3
Canada 2015 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 4/7 12 5 4 3 20 18 +2
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Performance in European championship[edit]

  • Unofficial competitions:
    • 1969: 3rd
    • 1979: 4th
  • European Competition for Women's Football:

European Championship[edit]

Year Result GP W D* L GF GA
1984 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 4 2
Norway 1987 Fourth Place 2 0 0 2 3 5
Germany 1989 Did not Qualify
Denmark 1991 Did not Qualify
Italy 1993 Did not Qualify
1995 Semi-final 2 0 0 2 2 6
1997 Did not Qualify
Germany 2001 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 1 8
England 2005 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 4 5
Finland 2009 Runners-up 6 3 1 2 12 14
Sweden 2013 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 3 7
Total 7/11 23 7 3 13 29 47
*Missing flag indicates no host country; tournament was played in two-leg knockout rounds (with the exception of the 1995 final).

Minor tournaments[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
England 1976 Pony Home Championship Winners, group stage 1st 2 2 0 0 9 1
Italy 1979 Unofficial European Championship Semi final 4th 4 2 1 1 6 4
Japan 1981 Mundialito Group stage 3rd 2 1 0 1 4 1
Italy 1984 Mundialito Semi final 3rd 4 0 2 2 3 6
Italy 1985 Mundialito Winners 1st 2 3 1 1 13 5
Italy 1988 Mundialito Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
United States 1990 North America Cup Group stage 3rd 4 1 1 2 3 7
Portugal 2002 Algarve Cup Group stage 9th 4 1 0 3 8 12
Portugal 2005 Algarve Cup Group stage 8th 4 3 1 0 13 0
China 2007 Four Nations Tournament Group stage 4th 3 0 2 1 3 0
Cyprus 2009 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 14 3
Cyprus 2010 Cyprus Cup Group stage 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5
South Korea 2010 Peace Queen Cup Group stage 2nd 2 0 2 0 0 0
Cyprus 2011 Cyprus Cup Group stage 5th 4 2 0 2 4 4
Cyprus 2012 Cyprus Cup Group stage 4th 4 2 0 2 5 7
Cyprus 2013 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 12 7
Cyprus 2014 Cyprus Cup Final 2nd 4 3 0 1 7 2
Total 5 titles 59 31 14 17 118 66
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Players[edit]

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see List of England women's international footballers (alphabetical)

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up by manager Mark Sampson for the 2015 Cyprus Cup.[4]

Caps and goals updated as of 26 February 2015.

Head coach: Wales Mark Sampson

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Karen Bardsley (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 30) 41 0 England Manchester City
1GK Siobhan Chamberlain (1983-08-15) 15 August 1983 (age 31) 31 0 England Arsenal
1GK Carly Telford (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 27) 4 0 England Notts County
2DF Gemma Bonner (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 (age 23) 5 1 England Liverpool
2DF Alex Greenwood (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 21) 7 1 England Notts County
2DF Steph Houghton (Captain) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 26) 52 7 England Manchester City
2DF Claire Rafferty (1989-01-11) 11 January 1989 (age 26) 7 0 England Chelsea
2DF Alex Scott (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 30) 118 12 England Arsenal
2DF Demi-lee Stokes (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 23) 11 1 England Manchester City
2DF Casey Stoney (1982-05-13) 13 May 1982 (age 32) 117 6 England Arsenal
3MF Laura Bassett (1983-08-02) 2 August 1983 (age 31) 44 2 England Notts County
3MF Katie Chapman (1982-06-15) 15 June 1982 (age 32) 82 8 England Chelsea
3MF Jade Moore (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 24) 12 1 England Birmingham City
3MF Jordan Nobbs (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 22) 17 3 England Arsenal
3MF Jo Potter (1984-13-11) 11 January 1984 (age 30) 15 2 England Birmingham City
3MF Jill Scott (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 28) 87 13 England Manchester City
3MF Fara Williams (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 (age 31) 134 37 England Liverpool
4FW Eniola Aluko (1987-02-21) 21 February 1987 (age 28) 87 30 England Chelsea
4FW Karen Carney (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 27) 101 23 England Birmingham City
4FW Jessica Clarke (1989-05-05) 5 May 1989 (age 25) 47 10 England Notts County
4FW Fran Kirby (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 21) 4 1 England Reading
4FW Lianne Sanderson (1988-02-03) February 3, 1988 (age 27) 42 13 England Arsenal
4FW Jodie Taylor (1986-05-17) May 17, 1986 (age 28) 4 0 United States Portland Thorns

Recent callups[edit]

The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last twelve months

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Rachel Brown RET (1980-07-02) 2 July 1980 (age 34) 82 0 England Everton v.  Sweden, 3 August 2014
GK Lizzie Durack (1994-05-20) 20 May 1994 (age 20) 1 0 United States Harvard University 2014 Cyprus Cup
GK Mary Earps (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 21) 0 0 England Bristol Academy v.  Montenegro, 5 April 2014
GK Rachel Laws (1990-11-05) 5 November 1990 (age 24) 0 0 England Sunderland v.  Montenegro, 17 September 2014
GK Rebecca Spencer (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 24) 0 0 England Birmingham City v.  Montenegro, 17 September 2014
DF Lucy Bronze (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 23) 16 2 England Liverpool v.  Germany, 23 November 2014
DF Sophie Bradley (1989-10-20) 20 October 1989 (age 25) 26 0 England Notts County v.  Sweden, 3 August 2014
DF Jemma Rose (1992-01-19) 19 January 1992 (age 23) 0 0 England Bristol Academy v.  Montenegro, 17 September 2014
DF Dunia Susi (1987-08-10) 10 August 1987 (age 27) 21 0 England Notts County v.  Sweden, 3 August 2014
MF Remi Allen (1990-10-15) 15 October 1990 (age 24) 0 0 England Birmingham City v.  Ukraine, 16 June 2014 (preliminary)
MF Anita Asante (1985-04-27) 27 April 1985 (age 29) 67 1 Sweden FC Rosengård v.  United States, 13 February 2015
FW Danielle Carter (1993-05-18) 18 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 England Arsenal v.  Sweden, 3 August 2014
FW Gemma Davison (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 27) 2 0 England Liverpool v.  Sweden, 3 August 2014
FW Natasha Dowie (1988-06-30) 30 June 1988 (age 26) 7 2 England Liverpool v.  Montenegro, 17 September 2014
FW Toni Duggan (1991-07-25) 25 July 1991 (age 23) 24 14 England Manchester City v.  Germany, 23 November 2014
FW Kelly Smith RET (1978-10-29) 29 October 1978 (age 36) 117 46 England Arsenal v.  Germany, 23 November 2014
FW Ellen White (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 25) 45 17 England Notts County v.  Ukraine, 8 May 2014

Notes:

  • RET = Retired from the national team

Past squads[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "GB football team gets Fifa assent". BBC. 20 December 2008. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Central contracts confirmed". FA website. 14 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "England Women's squad for Cyprus Cup confirmed". The Football Association. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 

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