England V Scotland : Women World Cup Group Match, Goal Scorers and Stats

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at 02:31 PM, 9/06/2019 (2 weeks ago)

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Date: Sunday 9th June
Time: 5:00pm
Stadium: Stade de Nice
Referee: Jana Adamkova (Czech Republic)
Goal Scorer:

Team News
England and Scotland will take a local rivalry international when they face each other in their opening game of the competition in Nice on Sunday.
The two previously met at Euro 2017, which was Scotland's first ever major international tournament, with England prevailing as 6-0 winners.
Two years on, this is Scotland's first ever Women's World Cup game and it promises to be a much closer and more competitive affair on the French Riviera this time around.
Here's all you need to know about the game.

England
Toni Duggan is considered a doubt for England, but Demi Stokes is expected to be fit. Jade Moore and Mary Earps had earlier been left out of the final warm-up game against New Zealand, but they and Stokes have resumed training this week.

As third choice goalkeeper, Earps almost certainly wouldn't have featured anyway, but Moore has a chance of starting in midfield depending on what shape Neville opts for. Duggan's potential absence could open the door for Beth Mead to start.
England: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Greenwood; Walsh, Moore, Scott; Parris, White, Mead

Scotland
Scotland boss Shelley Kerr has this week bemoaned the injuries that hampered Scotland at Euro 2017, with no such problems taking hold of her squad this time.
"We were under-strength in that tournament because so many of our top players were injured - that's not an excuse, that's just a fact," Kerr is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

"We have grown, matured and developed as a team. We have bridged the gap but that is on paper - it's up to us to make it happen on the pitch, where it matters."
Scotland: Alexander; Smith, Beattie, Corsie, Docherty; Little, Weir, Love; Evans, Cuthbert, Ross

Recent Form
​England have had something of a mixed 2019 that could add a little bit of doubt to their tag as World Cup contenders, having lost two of their final four warm-up games, including a 1-0 defeat to New Zealand in their farewell game in Brighton just last weekend.

Recent victories against Spain and Denmark were also somewhat laboured. However, England did rise to the challenge in the SheBelieves Cup three months ago to lift the trophy for the first time, finishing ahead of the United States in the mini-league in the process.

Scotland have prepared very well in the last three months and are unbeaten in their five most recent games after wins over Jamaica, Brazil, Denmark and Iceland, and a draw against Chile. Even a 1-0 defeat in March against a Canada side ranked fifth in the world was not a bad result.

Prediction
Scotland have a number of talented attacking players and will hope to cause an upset against an England team that hasn't been able to properly find its rhythm.
However, England do have plenty of attacking quality of their own and even not quite in top form should still have too much for the Scots to handle. Should is the key word, though.
England 3-1 Scotland

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