England women's national football team

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

England
Nickname(s) Three Lionesses
The Lionesses
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Phil Neville
Captain Steph Houghton
Most caps Fara Williams (164)
Top scorer Kelly Smith (46)
FIFA code ENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 4 Steady (22 june 2018)[1]
Highest 2 (March 2018)
Lowest 14 (June 2004)
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 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 Third place (2015)
European Championship
Appearances 8 (first in 1984)
Best result Runners-up (1984, 2009)

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

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup four times, reaching the quarter final stage on the first three occasions in 1995, 2007, and 2011, and finishing third in 2015. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The success of the men's national football team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup led to an upsurge of interest in football from women within England. The Women's Football Association (WFA) was established a few years later in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game.[2] That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup.[3]:43 Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971).[4][5]

Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) rescinded its fifty-year ban on women playing on Football League grounds.[6][7] Shortly after, Eric Worthington was tasked by the WFA to assemble an official women's national team. England competed in its first international match against Scotland in Greenock on 18 November 1972, almost 100 years after the first men's international.[2][8] The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents by 3 goals to 2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal.[9] Tom Tranter replaced Worthington as long term manager of the women's national football team and remained in that position for the next six years.[3]:94

1979–1993: Progress under Reagan[edit]

Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979.[3]:100 England reached the final of the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football, after beating Denmark 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Despite resolute defending, including a spectacular goal line clearance from captain Carol Thomas, the England team lost the first away leg 1–0 against Sweden, after a header from Pia Sundhage, but won the second home leg by the same margin, with a goal from Linda Curl.[10] England lost the subsequent penalty shootout 4–3. Theresa Wiseman saved Helen Johansson's penalty but both Curl and Lorraine Hanson had their spot kicks saved by Elisabeth Leidinge.[11]

At the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football, England again reached the semi-finals but lost 3–2 after extra time against holders Sweden, in a repeat of the previous final. The team settled for fourth, after losing the third place play off against Italy 2–1.[12] Reagan was sacked after England's 6–1 quarter-final loss against Germany at UEFA Women's Euro 1991, which left them unable to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup. John Bilton was appointed as head coach in 1991 after Barrie Williams's brief tenure.[3]:103–104

1993–1998: FA involvement[edit]

In 1993, the FA took over the running of women's football in England from the WFA, replacing Bilton with Ted Copeland as national team manager.[3]:105 England managed to qualify for UEFA Women's Euro 1995, having previously missed out on the last three editions, but were beaten 6–2 on aggregate over two legs against Germany.[13] Reaching the European semi-finals granted England a place at the World Cup for the first time. The team advanced from the group stages of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, but lost out again to Germany 3–0 in the quarter-finals.[14]

1998–2013: Development under Powell[edit]

Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland.[15] The European Championship expanded in 1997 to eight teams and moved from a biennial event to a quadrennial one. England qualified via the play offs for the 2001 competition held in Germany, despite recording their biggest loss (away against Norway 8–0) during qualification, but did not advance past the group stages.[16] England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals.[17]

Qualification for the World Cup changed for the 1999 edition. European qualifiers were introduced, so that teams no longer needed to rely on advancing to the latter stages of the European Championship. England qualified unbeaten for the 2007 World Cup in China, winning Group 5 in the European qualifiers and recording their biggest win (away against Hungary, 13–0) in the process, ending a 12-year hiatus from the competition.[18][19] After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0.[20]

In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment.[21][22] Three months later, at the European Championships in Finland, England marked their return to the recently expanded twelve team competition by reaching the final for the first time in 25 years. They advanced from Group C to the quarter-finals by virtue of being the top third placed team, beating both the hosts and the Netherlands in the knockout stages on the way to the final. There they lost 6–2 to reigning champions Germany.[23]

England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland.[24][25] In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan.[26] England were paired with France in the quarter-finals, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw. England had taken the lead with Jill Scott's chip, only to have Élise Bussaglia equalise with two minutes remaining. After extra time ended in stalemate, they lost the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3. Karen Bardsley had saved Camille Abily's initial penalty but misses by Claire Rafferty and Faye White sent England out of the competition.[27]

Powell left the role in August 2013 after a poor showing at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, with England bowing out early at the group stages.[15]

2013–2017: Sampson era[edit]

Mark Sampson succeeded Powell as England manager. England qualified for their third successive World Cup in August 2014 with a game to spare, winning all ten matches and topping Group 6.[28] England played their first international match at the new Wembley Stadium, home to the men's national team, in a friendly against the reigning European champions Germany on 23 November 2014. England had not played Germany since their heavy defeat in the European Championship final five years earlier. They lost the match 3–0, marking the 20th attempt at which England had failed to record an official win over Germany.[29][30]

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, England lost their opening group game to France but won their remaining group games against Mexico and Colombia, easing through to the last 16 to play 1995 champions Norway. A 2–1 win set up a meeting with hosts Canada in the quarter-finals. Despite facing not only a strong Canadian team but a capacity partisan crowd at BC Place in Vancouver, England progressed to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup for the first time in their history with another 2–1 win. Playing reigning World Cup holders Japan in the semi-finals, England conceded a penalty kick, which Aya Miyama converted past Karen Bardsley. Japan then conceded a penalty as Yuki Ogimi clipped Steph Houghton and Fara Williams slotted it past Ayumi Kaihori to level the game. However, in the last minute of the game, Laura Bassett scored an own goal to send Japan through to the final.[31] England eventually finished in third place by beating Germany 1–0 after extra time.[32]

England qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and won all three of their group games at the tournament. England beat France 1–0 in the quarter-finals before meeting hosts and eventual champions, the Netherlands. In the semi-finals, England conceded three goals without reply and were knocked out of the tournament.[33]

In September 2017, Sampson was sacked from his role as manager by the FA after evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour was uncovered during his tenure at Bristol Academy.[34] He was replaced by Phil Neville.

Competitive record[edit]

England women's team in February 2015

World Cup[edit]

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup four times (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015) and failed to qualify for three competitions (1991, 1999, 2003). The England team reached the quarter final stage on three occasions, losing out to Germany in 1995, the United States in 2007 and France on penalties in 2011. In 2015, however, England earned the bronze medal for the first time, under Mark Sampson, by beating Germany in the third place play-off.

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 Third Place 7 5 0 2 10 7 +3
France 2019 To be determined
Total 4/7 19 10 4 5 30 25 +5
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

European Championship[edit]

England first entered the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984, reaching the final that year and in 2009. The team have reached the semi-finals on three other occasions (1989, 1995, 2017), but failed to make it out of the group stages in three other editions (2001, 2005, 2013). England did not qualify in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997.

Year Result GP W D* L GF GA
No Host 1984 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 4 2
Norway 1987 Fourth Place 2 0 0 2 3 5
West Germany 1989 Did not qualify
Denmark 1991 Did not qualify
Italy 1993 Did not qualify
EnglandGermanyNorwaySweden1995 Semi-Finals 2 0 0 2 2 6
Norway Sweden 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
Netherlands 2017 Semi-Finals 5 4 0 1 11 4
Total 8/12 28 11 3 14 40 51
*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
**Red border colour denotes tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic Games[edit]

England do not participate in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, as the country does not have its own National Olympic Committee (NOC). Members of its team have played for the Great Britain women's Olympic football team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Since England falls under the jurisdiction of the British Olympic Association, remit for an Olympic football team requires support from all four Home Nation associations. The Scottish Football Association (SFA), the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) have all previously objected to the premise over fears that the team would erode the independence of their individual football associations.[35]

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 1969 Unofficial European Championship Third Place 3rd 2 1 0 1 5 4
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
Cyprus 2015 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st 4 3 1 0 8 2
United States 2016 SheBelieves Cup Group Stage 3rd 3 0 1 2 1 3
United States 2017 SheBelieves Cup Group Stage 3rd 3 1 0 2 2 3
United States 2018 SheBelieves Cup Runners up 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 4
Total 6 titles 72 36 17 22 135 78

Team[edit]

For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see List of England women's international footballers (alphabetical)
Caps, goals, and recent players may not be current as the FA does not maintain an easily accessible database of historical statistics.

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were named to the squad for matches against  Wales and  Bosnia and Herzegovina in April 2018.[36][37][38]

Caps and goals are updated as of 8 March 2018 after the match against  United States.

Head coach: Phil Neville

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Karen Bardsley (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 33) 73 0 England Manchester City
1GK Mary Earps (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 (age 25) 1 0 England Reading
1GK Carly Telford (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 (age 31) 9 0 England Chelsea

2DF Lucy Bronze (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 (age 26) 55 6 France Lyon
2DF Rachel Daly (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 26) 9 1 United States Houston Dash
2DF Gabrielle George (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 21) 0 0 England Everton
2DF Alex Greenwood (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 24) 27 2 England Manchester United
2DF Steph Houghton (captain) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 (age 30) 86 9 England Manchester City
2DF Abbie McManus (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 25) 3 0 England Manchester City
2DF Demi Stokes (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 (age 26) 47 1 England Manchester City

3MF Isobel Christiansen (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 26) 24 5 England Manchester City
3MF Fran Kirby (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 (age 25) 29 10 England Chelsea
3MF Jade Moore (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 (age 27) 37 1 England Reading
3MF Jordan Nobbs (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 25) 41 5 England Arsenal
3MF Keira Walsh (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 (age 21) 4 0 England Manchester City
3MF Fara Williams (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 (age 34) 168 40 England Reading
3MF Leah Williamson (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 (age 21) 0 0 England Arsenal

4FW Toni Duggan (1991-07-25) 25 July 1991 (age 26) 57 18 Spain Barcelona
4FW Melissa Lawley (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 24) 6 1 England Manchester City
4FW Beth Mead (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 (age 23) 0 0 England Arsenal
4FW Nikita Parris (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 24) 21 8 England Manchester City
4FW Jodie Taylor (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 (age 32) 35 16 United States Seattle Reign FC
4FW Ellen White (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 29) 71 24 England Birmingham City

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 Siobhan Chamberlain (1983-08-15) 15 August 1983 (age 34) 50 0 England Manchester United 2018 SheBelieves Cup
GK Sophie Baggaley (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 21) 0 0 England Bristol City v.  Austria, 10 April 2017

DF Hannah Blundell (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 24) 1 0 England Chelsea v.  Wales, 6 April 2018 PRE
DF Millie Bright (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 24) 21 0 England Chelsea v.  Wales, 6 April 2018 PRE
DF Anita Asante (1985-04-27) 27 April 1985 (age 33) 70 2 England Chelsea 2018 SheBelieves Cup
DF Gemma Bonner (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 (age 27) 9 1 England Liverpool Training camp, January 2018
DF Jessica Carter (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 20) 0 0 England Birmingham City Training camp, January 2018
DF Gilly Flaherty (1991-08-24) 24 August 1991 (age 26) 9 0 England Chelsea Training camp, January 2018
DF Casey Stoney (1982-05-13) 13 May 1982 (age 36) 129 6 Retired v.  Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 November 2017 PRE
DF Laura Bassett (1983-08-02) 2 August 1983 (age 34) 61 2 Australia Canberra United v.  Russia, 19 September 2017
DF Alex Scott RET (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 (age 33) 138 12 England Arsenal UEFA Women's Euro 2017

MF Jill Scott (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 (age 31) 129 18 England Manchester City v.  Wales, 6 April 2018 PRE
MF Georgia Stanway (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 (age 19) 0 0 England Manchester City 2018 SheBelieves Cup
MF Jo Potter (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984 (age 33) 31 3 England Reading Training camp, January 2018
MF Drew Spence (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 25) 1 0 England Chelsea Training camp, January 2018

FW Karen Carney (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 30) 128 31 England Chelsea 2018 SheBelieves Cup PRE
FW Danielle Carter (1993-05-18) 18 May 1993 (age 25) 3 6 England Arsenal Training camp, January 2018

Notes:

  • PRE = Preliminary squad
  • RET = Retired from international duty

Records[edit]

Carol Thomas was the first player to reach 50 caps in 1985, before retiring from representative football later that year, having amassed 56 caps. Fara Williams holds the record for England appearances, having played 165 times since 2001. She overtook previous record holder Rachel Yankey in August 2014, in a friendly against Sweden.[39] Yankey had passed Gillian Coultard's 119 record England women caps in September 2012, in a European qualifying match against Croatia, and Peter Shilton's 125 record England international caps in June 2013, in a friendly against Japan.[40] Alex Scott is currently the second highest capped female England player with 140 caps, followed by Karen Carney with 132 and Casey Stoney with 130. Rachel Yankey has the fifth highest number of England caps.

Kelly Smith has scored the highest number of goals for England, with 46 over a twenty-year international career. She surpassed Karen Walker's 40 goal record in September 2010, in a World Cup qualifying play off against Switzerland.[41]

Most capped players[edit]

Fara Williams is England's most capped player and second highest gaolscorer with 40 goals in 165 appearances since 2001.
# Name Caps Goals Years Ref
1 Fara Williams 165 40 2001–present [42]
2 Alex Scott 140 12 2004–2017 [43]
3 Karen Carney 132 31 2005–present [44]
4 Casey Stoney 130 6 2000–2018 [45]
5 Rachel Yankey 129 19 1997–present [46]

Top goalscorers[edit]

# Name Caps Goals Years Ref
1 Kelly Smith 117 46 1995–2015 [47]
2 Karen Walker 83 40 1988–2003 [48]
2 Fara Williams 162 40 2001–present [42]
4 Hope Powell 66 35 1983–1998 [49]
5 Eniola Aluko 102 33 2004–2016 [50]

Captains[edit]

Player Year
Sheila Parker 1972–1976
Carol Thomas (née McCune) 1976–1985
Debbie Bampton 1985–1991
Gillian Coultard 1991–1995
Debbie Bampton 1995–1997
Gillian Coultard 1997–2000
Mo Marley 2000–2001
Tara Proctor 2001
Karen Walker 2002
Faye White 2002–2012
Casey Stoney 2012–2014
Steph Houghton 2014–present

Recent schedule and results[edit]

All times are listed in GMT except where noted.

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Gregory, Patricia (3 June 2005). "How women's football battled for survival". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Lopez, Sue (1997). Women on the ball: a guide to women's football. London: Scarlet Press. ISBN 1857270215. 
  4. ^ "Coppa del Mondo (Women) 1970". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mundial (Women) 1971". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Women's Football" (PDF). Culture, Media and Sport Committee. p. 3. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Williams, Jean (2003). A Game for Rough Girls? A History of Women's Football in Britain. London: Routledge. p. 36. ISBN 1135136149. 
  8. ^ Mitchell, Paul. "The first international football match". BBC. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Croydon, Emily (7 July 2013). "Women's Euros 2013: Women's football's forgotten heroines". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Saffer, Paul. "1984: Sweden take first title". UEFA. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Leighton, Tony (19 May 2009). "England's shoot-out jinx begins – England, 1984". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Saffer, Paul. "1987: Norway victorious in Oslo". UEFA. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  13. ^ Saffer, Paul. "1995: Germany establish upper hand". UEFA. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "FIFA Women's World Cup – Sweden 1995". FIFA. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Hope Powell sacked as England women's manager". BBC Sport. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Germany too strong for England". BBC Sport. 30 June 2001. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Oatley, Jacqui (14 June 2005). "England excitement all over too fast". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  18. ^ Leighton, Tony (8 September 2007). "England talk up World Cup chances". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  19. ^ Leighton, Tony (28 October 2005). "England's record victory boosts World Cup credentials for China". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "USA send England out of World Cup". BBC Sport. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  21. ^ Leighton, Tony (14 May 2009). "FA boosts England's women's team with central contracts". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  22. ^ Williams, Jean (2011). "Woman's Football, Europe and Professionalization 1971–2011" (PDF). De Montfort University. pp. 72–73. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  23. ^ Ashenden, Mark (10 September 2009). "England 2–6 Germany". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  24. ^ Leighton, Tony (21 August 2010). "Kelly Smith goals help England to 4–0 win over Austria". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  25. ^ "Swiss Women 2–3 England Women". BBC Sport. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  26. ^ Stevenson, Jonathan (5 July 2011). "Women's World Cup: England 2–0 Japan". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  27. ^ Ashdown, John (9 July 2011). "England lose to France on penalties in Women's World Cup quarter-final". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  28. ^ Leighton, Tony (17 September 2014). "England Women thrash Montenegro 10–0 in qualifier". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  29. ^ Thompson, Anna (23 November 2014). "BBC Sport – England 0–3 Germany". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  30. ^ "Deutschland vs England" (in German). German Football Association. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  31. ^ "England's Laura Bassett's tears bring back Italia 90 memories". BBC Sport. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015. 
  32. ^ "Women's World Cup: Germany Women 0-1 England Women". 4 July 2015 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  33. ^ "Women's Euro 2017: England knocked out in semi-finals by Netherlands". BBC Sport. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  34. ^ "FA terminates Sampson's contract". The Football Association. Retrieved 26 May 2018. 
  35. ^ "Football Association wants Great Britain sides at Rio Olympics". BBC Sport. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  36. ^ Association, The Football. "Squad named for double-header". www.thefa.com. 
  37. ^ Association, The Football. "Moore and Williamson join squad". www.thefa.com. 
  38. ^ Association, The Football. "Greenwood in for Blundell". www.thefa.com. 
  39. ^ Dunn, Carrie. "From sleeping rough to England's caps record: the inspirational story of Fara Williams". Eurosport. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  40. ^ "Rachel Yankey breaks Peter Shilton's 125 England caps". BBC Sport. 26 June 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  41. ^ "Smith's six of the best". FIFA. 4 February 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  42. ^ a b "Fara Williams". The Football Association. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  43. ^ "Alex Scott". The Football Association. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  44. ^ "Karen Carney". The Football Association. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  45. ^ "Casey Stoney". The Football Association. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  46. ^ "Rachel Yankey". The Football Association. Retrieved 2 September 2017. 
  47. ^ "Kelly Smith". The Football Association. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  48. ^ "Walker announces retirement". BBC Sport. 3 June 2003. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  49. ^ Galvin, Robert. "Hope Powell". National Football Museum. Archived from the original on 8 August 2011. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  50. ^ "Eniola Aluko". The Football Association. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 

External links[edit]