|Association||The Football Association (The FA)|
|Head coach||Sarina Wiegman|
Millie Bright (interim captain)
|Most caps||Fara Williams (172)|
|Top scorer||Ellen White (52)|
|Current||4 (25 August 2023)|
|Highest||2 (March 2018)|
|Lowest||14 (June 2004 – September 2005)|
| Scotland 2–3 England |
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
| England 20–0 Latvia |
(Doncaster, England; 30 November 2021)
| Norway 8–0 England |
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
|Appearances||6 (first in 1995)|
|Best result||Runners-up (2023)|
|Appearances||9 (first in 1984)|
|Best result||Champions (2022)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2023)|
|Best result||Champions (2023)|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2023–24)|
|Best result||Group stage (2023–24)|
The England women's national football team, nicknamed the Lionesses, 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, England is permitted by FIFA statutes, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, to maintain a 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 six times, reaching the quarter-finals in 1995, 2007 and 2011, finishing fourth in 2019, third in 2015 and as runners-up in 2023. Since 2019, England, as the highest-ranked Home Nation, have been able to qualify an Olympic team on behalf of Great Britain; other British players may be selected in the event of qualification.
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 in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game. That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup.: 43 Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971).
Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) later that year rescinded its ban on women playing on English Football League grounds. 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, 100 years to the month after the first men's international. The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents 3–2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal. Pat Firth scored a hat-trick in an international against Scotland in 1973 among the 8–0 scoreline. 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.: 94
1979–1993: Progress under Reagan
Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979.: 100 England reached the final of the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football, in 1984, 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. 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.
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. 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.: 103–104
1993–1998: FA involvement
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.: 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. Reaching the European semi-finals granted England a place at the World Cup for the first time. The team advanced from the group stage of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, but lost out again to Germany 3–0 in the quarter-finals.
1998–2013: Development under Powell
Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland. 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 stage. England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals.
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. After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0.
In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment. Three months later, at the European Championships in Finland, England marked their return to the recently expanded 12-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 stage on the way to the final. There they lost 6–2 to reigning champions Germany.
England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play-off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland. In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan. 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.
2013–2017: Sampson era
Welshman 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. 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.
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, which also marked the first semifinal appearance by any England senior team since the men reached the last four of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. 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. England eventually finished in third place by beating Germany 1–0 after extra time after a Williams penalty, their first time beating their archrivals in the women's game. It marked the best finish for any England senior team since the men's team famously won the 1966 World Cup as hosts.
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.
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. The FA in January 2019 agreed to pay a "significant" financial settlement to Sampson, on the week his claim for unfair dismissal was due to be heard in court. He was replaced by Phil Neville, who had played at Manchester United – including in their 1999 treble winning season – and Everton and been capped by the England men but had never before held a high-profile managing job.
2018–2021: Neville era
After being appointed manager, Neville's first games in charge were at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. In their first game, England defeated France 4–1, then drew 2–2 against Germany. They went into the final game against the United States with the opportunity to win the tournament, but lost 1–0. Second place was the highest England had finished at the SheBelieves Cup.
England continued with World Cup qualification in 2018. On 6 April they drew 0–0 against Wales. After the qualifying games in June, England and Wales were guaranteed the first two spots in qualifying Group 1, and England's 3–0 win against Wales in August 2018 saw them clinch the group and qualify for the World Cup finals.
In the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, England won group D, beating local rivals Scotland and archrival Argentina to qualify for the knockout phase, before beating Japan. England beat both Cameroon and then Norway 3–0 to advance to the semifinal against United States in Lyon – the team's third straight major tournament semifinal. However, similar to the previous two tournaments, England once again failed to make the final, losing 2–1. Alex Morgan scored the winner after Ellen White had equalised following Christen Press' opening goal, while White had an equaliser ruled out by VAR and Houghton had a penalty saved by Alyssa Naeher. The team finished in fourth after losing the third place play-off to Sweden 2–1.
In March 2019 Winsford was chosen for the site of the £70m Cheshire FA Centre of Excellence, which will be the new home of the England Women's Football Team. It will also act as a training base for European teams playing in Liverpool and Manchester. The development was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic in April 2020. In October 2020 the Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave his support for the development to go ahead; planning applications are expected to be submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council in spring 2021 with a possible opening date of 2023. The site is being designed to revolutionise women's football in England.[needs update]
In the wake of the World Cup exit, England's form dropped as the team struggled in a series of friendlies to end the year including a 2–1 defeat by Germany at Wembley Stadium on 9 November 2019. The game set a new record attendance for an England women's match at 77,768, becoming the second-biggest crowd for a women's game on English soil after the 2012 Olympic final which was watched by 80,203 at the same venue. The poor run continued into 2020 as England failed to defend their title at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup in March. Losses to the United States and Spain made it seven defeats in 11 games, the team's worst stretch since 2003, mounting further pressure on Neville, who admitted he was personally responsible for England's "unacceptable" form amid increased media scrutiny. In April 2020, Neville announced he would step down as manager when his contract expired in July 2021. Originally his tenure would have extended to England's hosting of UEFA Women's Euro 2021, but the tournament was postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An FA budget restructure at the end of 2020 saw the women's team become independent from the men's team for the first time, allowing more strategic freedom. In January 2021, Neville elected to resign early in order to take up the managerial position at Inter Miami, the Major League Soccer club founded by previous England men's captain David Beckham. As it had already been agreed that incumbent Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman would be appointed to the role from September 2021, Hege Riise was named caretaker manager until then. Riise oversaw a 6–0 friendly win over Northern Ireland in her first game in charge.
From 2021: Wiegman era
On 14 August 2020, the FA announced it had reached a four-year deal with Netherlands manager Sarina Wiegman, who agreed to take over the team from September 2021, becoming the first non-British permanent manager. Entering as England began their 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification, Wiegman wanted the team to be ruthless, beginning a streak of large winning goal margins in both competitive and friendly matches, including a "humiliating" defeat of the Netherlands. On 30 November 2021, during qualification for the 2023 World Cup, Ellen White became England's all-time record goals scorer (overtaking Kelly Smith), during a 20–0 win over Latvia, in which she scored a hat-trick. The game was a multi-record breaking game as three other players scored a hat-trick (Mead, Hemp (scored 4), and Russo), marking the first time four players had scored a hat-trick in a senior England women's game. The game was also the largest victory for either the women's or men's senior England sides, surpassing the women's team's 2005 13–0 win against Hungary and the men's 1882 13–0 win against Ireland.
England were drawn into Group A of Women's Euro 2022 as hosts and won each of the group stage matches: 1–0 against Austria at Old Trafford in Manchester; 8–0 against Norway at the Falmer Stadium in Brighton and Hove (a new European Championship record score); and 5–0 against Northern Ireland at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton. In the quarter-final, England recovered from being a goal behind against Spain to win 2–1 in extra time at the Falmer Stadium. In the semi-final at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, they defeated Sweden 4–0, the highlight of this match being a goal scored by Alessia Russo with an "instinctive backheel" that was later nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award.
No more years of hurt! No more need for dreaming, because dreams have become reality at Wembley! After 56 long years, it is glory against Germany once again, and this time, it yields history of its own because the Lionesses have finally won their first major trophy! England are European champions, and...(Pauses, crowd in background sings, "It's coming home, it's coming home, it's coming, football's coming home!" chorus from Three Lions)
On 31 July, England defeated Germany 2–1 in extra time in the Women's Euro 2022 Final at Wembley, with Chloe Kelly's 110th-minute close-range goal from a corner being the decider after goals in normal time by Ella Toone for England and Lina Magull for Germany. It was the team's first-ever major trophy and was the first major international championship won by an England team (women's or men's) since 1966. The final was watched by a crowd of 87,192, a record for either the women's or men's European Championship.
Soon after Euro 2022, the England players wrote an open letter to Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, the candidates in the ongoing Conservative Party leadership election, in which they declared their "legacy and goal was to inspire a nation". They saw their victory "as only the beginning". The letter pointed out that only 63% of British girls could play football in school PE lessons and concluded: "We – the 23 members of the England Senior Women's EURO Squad – ask you to make it a priority to invest in girls' football in schools, so that every girl has the choice".
With a further series of wins and draws including a friendly win against the United States at Wembley and qualifying for the 2023 Women's World Cup, the team ended 2022 having gone unbeaten for the calendar year. In December at BBC Sports Personality of the Year, Mead became the first female footballer to win the Sports Personality of the Year Award, with the team as a whole winning the Team of the Year Award and Wiegman winning the Sports Personality of the Year Coach Award. At The Best FIFA Football Awards 2022, held in February 2023, Mary Earps won the Best Women's Goalkeeper award; Wiegman won the Best Women's Coach award; and Mead, Williamson, Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh were named to the World XI.
As European champions, England contested the 2023 Women's Finalissima against South American champions Brazil in April 2023, which they won on penalties. The team then suffered their first defeat under Wiegman days later, losing to Australia, to end a 30-match unbeaten run. Following the Euro win and a series of high-profile wins in the months afterward, the England squad was reported to newly carry the aura of top teams that reflects winning confidence.
At the 2023 World Cup, the Lionesses won their group, winning all three matches. England subsequently defeated Nigeria, Colombia and Australia in the knockout stages to reach their first World Cup final, where they lost 1–0 to Spain.
The England women's national football team is widely nicknamed the Lionesses. The moniker was developed in-house by The Football Association's digital marketing department as a way of increasing the visibility and reach of the women's team to a dedicated women's football audience and community, particularly on social media. It was first used as a hashtag in June 2012 when the men's team was competing in UEFA Euro 2012 at the same time the women's team was playing a crucial UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifier against Netherlands in a bid to help differentiate the coverage and allow people to follow the women's team more easily without getting lost in conversation about the men which was using the same generic #ThreeLions branding at the time. The name started to be used organically by fans and media outlets before The Football Association adopted it as an official brand identity, including with commercial and licensing partners, ahead of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The name was also used in an updated version of the popular English anthem "Three Lions" during England's ultimately successful Women's Euro 2022 run, which Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey, Faye White, Rachel Brown-Finnis and Anita Asante performed along with Chelcee Grimes and original artists Lightning Seeds and David Baddiel (with another original artist, Frank Skinner, in attendance). Baddiel, Skinner and the Lightning Seeds later also not only referenced the team and their Women's Euro 2022 championship in "Three Lions (It's Coming Home for Christmas)", a remake for the men's World Cup in Qatar that November and December, but also included footage of the players interrupting Wiegman's post-Euro final press conference singing the chorus.
Media coverage and promotion
The 2019 media campaign in announcing the World Cup squad was part of a broad marketing ambition to make the players into more recognisable stars to promote the team, the competition, and women's football. Using celebrities with connections to the players to make social media facing announcements, the marketing agency received praise for the campaign, which successfully increased social media engagement.
A documentary film, The Lionesses: How Football Came Home, was produced about the 2022 Euro win and released later that year. It has been reported that the team's campaign at the 2023 World Cup will also be given a documentary.
England matches at selected international tournaments are currently broadcast by ITV Sport (excluding Euro and World Cup finals) and BBC (major finals). Previously, the Euro and World Cup finals were broadcast by Channel 4 (Euro 2017 only) and Eurosport.
World Cup teams
2022 Euro team
- Freedom of the City of London (as individuals)
- Pride of Britain Awards (2022): Inspiration Award
- BT Sport Action Woman Awards: Team of the Year
- Northwest Football Awards: Billy Seymour Impact Award
- Manchester City of Champions Awards: Hall of Fame induction
- Just A Ball Game? LGBT+ inclusion and visibility award
- Sports Journalists' Association Awards: Team of the Year
- BBC Sports Personality of the Year (2022): Team of the Year Award
- Laureus World Sports Awards: Team of the Year nomination
Results and fixtures
This list includes match results from the past 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
- All times are listed in GMT except where noted.
Win Draw Lose Void or Postponed Fixture
|16 February 2023 Arnold Clark Cup||England||4–0||South Korea||Milton Keynes, England|
|19:45||Report||Stadium: Stadium MK|
Referee: Andreza de Siqueira (Brazil)
|19 February 2023 Arnold Clark Cup||England||2–1||Italy||Coventry, England|
||Stadium: Coventry Building Society Arena|
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (North Macedonia)
|22 February 2023 Arnold Clark Cup||England||6–1||Belgium||Bristol, England|
||Stadium: Ashton Gate Stadium|
Referee: Jelena Cvetković (Serbia)
|6 April UEFA–CONMEBOL Women's Finalissima||England||1–1|
||Stadium: Wembley Stadium|
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (France)
|11 April Friendly||England||0–2||Australia||Brentford, England|
|19:45||Report||Stadium: Brentford Community Stadium|
Referee: Natalie Simon (United States)
|1 July Friendly||England||0–0||Portugal||Milton Keynes, England|
|15:15||Report||Stadium: Stadium MK|
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
|14 July Unofficial friendly||England||0–0||Canada||Sunshine Coast, Australia|
|Stadium: Sunshine Coast Stadium|
|Note: Behind-closed-doors training match (rolling subs and no caps)|
|22 July FIFA World Cup 2023 GS||England||1–0||Haiti||Brisbane, Australia|
|19:30 UTC+10||Report||Stadium: Lang Park|
Referee: Emikar Calderas Barrera (Venezuela)
|28 July FIFA World Cup 2023 GS||England||1–0||Denmark||Sydney, Australia|
||Report||Stadium: Sydney Football Stadium|
Referee: Tess Olofsson (Sweden)
|1 August FIFA World Cup 2023 GS||China||1–6||England||Adelaide, Australia|
|20:30 UTC+9:30||Report||Stadium: Hindmarsh Stadium|
Referee: Casey Reibelt (Australia)
|7 August FIFA World Cup 2023 R16||England||0–0 (a.e.t.)|
|17:30 UTC+10||Report||Stadium: Lang Park|
Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
|12 August FIFA World Cup 2023 QF||England||2–1||Colombia||Sydney, Australia|
||Stadium: Stadium Australia|
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (United States)
|16 August FIFA World Cup 2023 SF||Australia||1–3||England||Sydney, Australia|
||Report||Stadium: Stadium Australia|
Referee: Tori Penso (United States)
|20 August FIFA World Cup 2023 Final||Spain||1–0||England||Sydney, Australia|
||Report||Stadium: Stadium Australia|
Referee: Tori Penso (United States)
|22 September 2023–24 UEFA Nations League||England||2–1||Scotland||Sunderland, England|
||Stadium: Stadium of Light|
Referee: Maria Sole Caputi (Italy)
|26 September 2023–24 UEFA Nations League||Netherlands||2–1||England||Utrecht, Netherlands|
||Stadium: Stadion Galgenwaard|
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)
|27 October 2023–24 UEFA Nations League||England||1–0||Belgium||Leicester, England|
||Report||Stadium: King Power Stadium|
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (Finland)
|31 October 2023–24 UEFA Nations League||Belgium||3–2||England||Leuven, Belgium|
|20:30 (CET)||Report||Stadium: Den Dreef|
Referee: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
|1 December 2023–24 UEFA Nations League||England||3–2||Netherlands||London, England|
||Stadium: Wembley Stadium|
Referee: Tess Olofsson (Sweden)
|5 December 2023–24 UEFA Nations League||Scotland||0–6||England||Glasgow, Scotland|
|19:45||Report||Stadium: Hampden Park|
Referee: Alina Peşu (Romania)
- As of 10 August 2021
|Assistant manager||Arjan Veurink|||
- As of 5 December 2023
|Frank Baker||1971||1||0||0||1||0.0||unofficial match|
|Martin Reagan||1980–1990||61||28||14||19||45.9||Euro 1984 runners-up|
Euro 1987 fourth place
|Ted Copeland||1993–1998||35||15||5||15||42.9||Euro 1995 semi-finals|
1995 World Cup quarter-finals
|Hope Powell||1998–2013||169||85||33||51||50.3||Euro 2001 group stage|
Euro 2005 group stage
2007 World Cup quarter-finals
Euro 2009 runners-up
2011 World Cup quarter-finals
Euro 2013 group stage
|Brent Hills||2006, 2013
|Mark Sampson||2013–2017||60||39||8||13||65.0||2015 World Cup third place|
Euro 2017 semi-finals
|Phil Neville||2018–2021||35||19||5||11||54.3||2019 World Cup fourth place|
|Sarina Wiegman||2021–||45||34||7||4||75.6||Euro 2022 champions|
Finalissima 2023 champions
World Cup 2023 runners-up
Caps, goals, and recent players may be outdated or incorrect, as the FA does not maintain a database of historical statistics.
Caps and goals are correct as of match played 5 December 2023 against Scotland.
The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Ellie Roebuck||23 September 1999||11||0||Manchester City||v. Belgium, 31 October 2023|
|GK||Emily Ramsey||16 November 2000||0||0||Everton||2023 FIFA Women's World Cup PRE|
|GK||Sandy MacIver||18 June 1998||1||0||Manchester City||2023 Women's Finalissima INJ|
|DF||Millie Bright (vice-captain/interim captain)||21 August 1993||77||5||Chelsea||v. Netherlands, 1 December 2023 INJ|
|DF||Lucy Parker||18 November 1998||0||0||Aston Villa||v. Belgium, 27 October 2023 INJ|
|DF||Leah Williamson (captain)||29 March 1997||43||4||Arsenal||v. Australia, 11 April 2023 INJ|
|MF||Jordan Nobbs||8 December 1992||71||8||Aston Villa||v. Netherlands, 26 September 2023|
|MF||Lucy Staniforth||2 October 1992||17||2||Aston Villa||v. Netherlands, 26 September 2023|
|MF||Laura Coombs||29 January 1991||7||0||Manchester City||v. Netherlands, 26 September 2023|
|FW||Jess Park||21 October 2001||5||1||Manchester City||v. Belgium, 31 October 2023|
|FW||Katie Robinson||8 August 2002||5||0||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Netherlands, 26 September 2023|
|FW||Bethany England||3 June 1994||26||11||Tottenham Hotspur||2023 FIFA Women's World Cup INJ|
|FW||Ebony Salmon||27 January 2001||4||0||Aston Villa||2023 Arnold Clark Cup|
Since 1972, there have been eleven permanent captains and twenty-seven known captains.
- Bold indicates current captain
- Italics indicates still-active players
- indicates player was captain for matches under the Women's Football Association[a]
- As of 5 December 2023
Most capped players
Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
|1||Ellen White (list)||2010–2022||52||113||0.46|||
|2||Kelly Smith (list)||1995–2015||46||117||0.39|||
Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
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 172 times since 2001. She overtook previous record holder Rachel Yankey in August 2014, in a friendly against Sweden. 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.
Ellen White has scored the most goals for England, with 52. She surpassed Kelly Smith's record on 30 November 2021, scoring a hat-trick against Latvia during a UEFA qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup where England won 20–0, the Lionesses' biggest-ever competitive win.
|31 July 2022||Germany||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Wembley Stadium, London, England||87,192||UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final|
|6 April 2023||Brazil||1–1
|83,132||2023 Women's Finalissima|
|9 November 2019||Germany||1–2||77,768||Friendly|
|4||7 October 2022||United States||2–1||76,893|
|5||12 August 2023||Colombia||2–1||Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia||75,784||2023 FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-final|
|16 August 2023||Australia||3–1||2023 FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final|
|20 August 2023||Spain||0–1||2023 FIFA Women's World Cup final|
- In England only
|31 July 2022||Germany||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Wembley Stadium, London||87,192||UEFA Women's Euro 2022 final|
|6 April 2023||Brazil||1–1
|83,132||2023 Women's Finalissima|
|9 November 2019||Germany||1–2||77,768||Friendly|
|4||7 October 2022||United States||2–1||76,893|
|5||1 December 2023||Netherlands||3–2||71,632||2023–24 UEFA Nations League group stage|
FIFA World Cup
England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup six times (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, 2023) and failed to qualify for three competitions (1991, 1999, 2003). The England team reached the quarter-finals 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. The team finished in fourth place in 2019 after losing to Sweden in the third place play-off. In 2023, the team achieved their best result, as runners-up to Spain in the final.
|FIFA World Cup finals record||Qualification record|
|1991||Did not qualify||6||2||3||1||4||2||+2|
|1999||Did not qualify||8||3||0||5||9||12||−3|
|2027||To be determined||To be determined|
|2031||To be determined||To be determined|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.
England does not participate in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, as the country does not have its own National Olympic Committee (NOC). 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. However, members of its team have played for the Great Britain women's Olympic football team at London 2012 having been granted automatic qualification as the host nation.
An agreement in 2019 allows for England, as the highest-ranked home nation, to qualify an Olympic team on behalf of Great Britain. They successfully achieved this in time for Tokyo 2020 with England's result at the 2019 World Cup counting as the team's attempt to qualify. They qualified as one of the last three remaining European nations.
UEFA European Championship
England first entered the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984, reaching the final that year and subsequently in both 2009 and 2022. The team have reached the semi-finals on three other occasions (1987, 1995, 2017), but failed to make it out of the group stage in three other editions (2001, 2005, 2013). England did not qualify in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997.
|UEFA European Championship record||Qualifying record|
|1989||Did not qualify||6||2||1||3||6||10|
|1997||Did not qualify||8||4||2||2||19||6|
|2005||3||1||0||2||4||5||Qualified as host|
|2022||Champions||6||6||0||0||22||2||Qualified as host|
|2025||To be determined||To be determined|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.
- **Red border colour denotes tournament was held on home soil.
|Women's Finalissima record|
- *Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.
|1976 Pony Home Championship||Winners, group stage||1st||2||2||0||0||9||1|
|1969 Unofficial European Championship||Third place||3rd||2||1||0||1||5||4|
|1979 Unofficial European Championship||Semi-finals||4th||4||2||1||1||6||4|
|1981 Mundialito||Group stage||3rd||2||1||0||1||4||1|
|1990 North America Cup||Group stage||3rd||4||1||1||2||3||7|
|2002 Algarve Cup||Group stage||9th||4||1||0||3||8||12|
|2005 Algarve Cup||Group stage||8th||4||3||1||0||13||0|
|2007 Four Nations Tournament||Group stage||4th||3||0||2||1||3||0|
|2009 Cyprus Cup||Winners||1st||4||3||1||0||14||3|
|2010 Cyprus Cup||Group stage||5th||4||2||1||1||6||5|
|2010 Peace Queen Cup||Group stage||2nd||2||0||2||0||0||0|
|2011 Cyprus Cup||Group stage||5th||4||2||0||2||4||4|
|2012 Cyprus Cup||Group stage||4th||4||2||0||2||5||7|
|2013 Cyprus Cup||Winners||1st||4||3||1||0||12||7|
|2014 Cyprus Cup||Runners-up||2nd||4||3||0||1||7||2|
|2015 Cyprus Cup||Winners||1st||4||3||1||0||8||2|
|2015 Yongchuan International Tournament||Runners-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||2||2|
|2016 SheBelieves Cup||Group stage||3rd||3||0||1||2||1||3|
|2017 SheBelieves Cup||Group stage||3rd||3||1||0||2||2||3|
|2018 SheBelieves Cup||Runners-up||2nd||3||1||1||1||6||4|
|2019 SheBelieves Cup||Winners||1st||3||2||1||0||7||3|
|2020 SheBelieves Cup||Group stage||3rd||3||1||0||2||1||3|
|2022 Arnold Clark Cup||Winners||1st||3||1||2||0||4||2|
|2023 Arnold Clark Cup||Winners||1st||3||3||0||0||12||2|
FIFA world rankings
- FIFA Women's World Cup
- UEFA Women's Championship
- Women's Finalissima
- Champions: 2023
- Pony Home Championship
- Champions: 1976
- Champions: 1985, 1988
- Cyprus Cup
- SheBelieves Cup
- Champions: 2019
- Arnold Clark Cup
- Sport in England
- Great Britain women's Olympic football team
- England women's national under-23 football team
- England women's national under-20 football team
- England women's national under-19 football team
- England women's national under-17 football team
- England national football team, the men's national football team
- The Women's Football Association fielded their first England team in 1972, and was the governing body of women's football in England until the Football Association incorporated the team in 1993, marking a change in the formal organisation of it. Few of the international matches contested by the team were considered official. In 2019, women's sports history researcher Jean Williams found that "many of the games before 1993 were not recognised as official internationals, [...] and, though recognised by the FA with a virtual cap as representative games, many women players do not have more than one or two caps for their country as a result." The WFA had so little funding that one woman hand-stitched caps for players. The FA announced in 2022 that it would seek to recognise all former women's internationals.
- Reserve captains are players that have taken the captain's armband on a one-off match basis when the incumbent permanent captain is unavailable. Unlike unofficial captaincies the player is given the responsibility prior to the game and is officially recognised by the FA as having officially captained England, whereas unofficial captains receive the armband part way through a match due to the substitution or the receiving of a red card by the captain.
- Houghton was named a vice-captain but did not wear the armband under Williamson.
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