England women's national football team

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August 20, 2022

The England women's national football team represents England in international women's football matches. At the Olympics, English players have represented the Great Britain team at their home games in London in 2012. England won the European Championship in the 2022 EC competitions played in their home country.

World Championships

England's women's national team has played in the World Cup five times. In the opening group of the games played in Sweden in 1995, it beat Canada with goals 3–2, lost to Norway with goals 0–2 and beat Nigeria with goals 3–2. In the quarter-finals, England lost to Germany with 0–3 goals. At the World Cup in China in 2007, England drew 2–2 with Japan and 0–0 with Germany in their opening group. It beat Argentina with a score of 6–1. In the quarter-finals, England lost to the United States with 0–3 goals. The team coached by Hope Powell was captained by Faye White. Team scorers were Kelly Smith (4 goals), Jill Scott (1 goal), Fara Williams (1 penalty kick) and Vicky Exley (1 penalty kick). At the World Cup in Germany in 2011, England drew 1–1 with Mexico in the opening group and beat New Zealand 2–1 and Japan 2–0. In the semifinals, it lost to France in a penalty shootout with 3–4 goals after the game was tied 1–1 after extra time. England's scorers at the Games were Jill Scott (2 goals), Fara Williams (1 goal), Jessica Clarke (1 goal), Ellen White (1 goal) and Rachel Yankey (1 goal). The team was captained by Faye White, who failed decisively in the penalty shootout of the France match as England's fifth striker. The team was still coached by Hope Powell. At the World Cup in Canada in 2015, England finished second in their initial group after losing to France with goals 0–1 and after beating both Mexico and Colombia with goals 2–1. In the quarterfinals, England beat Norway by 2–1 and in the quarterfinals by the same score, Canada. In the semi-final against Japan, England lost 1–2 after Laura Bassett directed the ball into her own goal in the extra time of the second period. In the bronze medal match, England beat Germany 1–0 and thus achieved the first World Championship medal in its history. England's scorers in the tournament were Fara Williams (3 goals, all from penalties), Karen Carney (2), Lucy Bronze (2), Francesca Kirby, captain Stephanie Houghton and Jodie Taylor. The team was coached by Mark Sampson. In the World Cup in France in 2019, England beat Scotland 2–1, Argentina 1–0 and Japan 2–0 in their opening group. In the quarter-finals, England beat Cameroon with 3–0 goals and in the quarter-finals, Norway by the same score. In the semifinals, England lost to the United States 1–2 and in the bronze medal match to Sweden also 1–2 and finished fourth in the tournament. In both the semifinals and the bronze medal match, England's Ellen White's equalizer was disallowed after video review; the first for a narrow offside and the latter for a hand foul. Ellen White scored six goals in the tournament, with Nikita Parris, Jodie Taylor, captain Stephanie Houghton, Alex Greenwood, Jill Scott, Lucy Bronze and Francesca Kirby each scoring one. The team was coached by Phil Neville. The team beat Latvia in the World Cup qualifiers in November 2021 with 20–0 goals, which is the team's single-game goal record. The previous record was from 2005, when England beat Hungary 13–0.

European Championships

In the European Championship, England won silver for the first time in 1984. They faced Sweden in the two-part final. Both won their home matches 1–0 and the championship was decided at the end of the second final match played in Luton with a penalty shootout, which Sweden won 4–3. In 1987, England was fourth in the European Championships after losing in the semi-final to Sweden 3–2 in extra time