England vs Denmark, Women’s World Cup 2023: When is it and how to watch on TV

(From left) Ella Toone, Georgia Stanway, Alex Greenwood and Rachel Daly – England vs Denmark, Women’s World Cup 2023: When is it and how to watch on TV

Following their Women’s World Cup opener against Haiti, the European champions face the toughest opponents in their group – a Denmark side who sit just nine places below England in the Fifa women’s rankings.

Sarina Wiegman has hinted that she might make changes to the team that beat Haiti last Saturday for this match, despite history suggesting she is unlikely to change a winning side. Read more of Wiegman’s comments here.

What and when is it?

England play Denmark in their second Women’s World Cup fixture on July 28 at 9.30am (BST).

Where is the match being played?

The match is being played at Sydney Football Stadium.

How to watch

The match will be broadcast by the BBC.

Who are Denmark?

Denmark are ranked 13th in the world and most recently finished runners-up in the Tournoi de France this year.

What are Denmark saying?

Denmark manager Lars Sondergaard has described England as a footballing “superpower”, but urged his team to cherish this rare opportunity to take them on in a World Cup.

“Sometimes when you enter a match where you are underdogs and you need to perform well against a superpower such as England, it’s easier said than done,” Sondergaard said.

“But there’s only a World Cup every four years, you don’t get many of these opportunities. It would be an immortal sin not to enjoy it.”

Denmark forward Pernille Harder added: “It’s great to be in a World Cup and it’s really cool to play all these matches. So, you shouldn’t think about the pressure but really just think about how cool it is.”

What do I need to know about Denmark?

Denmark won their opening match of the Women’s World Cup 1-0 against China to go into Friday’s meeting with England level on points in Group D. Here are five things you need to know about the Danes.

They used to have to most expensive player in the world

Denmark captain Harder moved for what was a women’s world-record transfer fee in excess of £250,000 when she signed for Chelsea from German club Wolfsburg in September 2020.

That record stood for two years, until Barcelona snapped up England’s Keira Walsh from Manchester City last summer for just over £400,000.

Harder spent three seasons with Chelsea and won three straight league titles, as well as three consecutive Women’s FA Cups. It meant she had won seven domestic doubles in a row in her career, having helped Wolfsburg to four consecutive German doubles prior to her move to London.

She has now returned to the Frauen Bundesliga after agreeing a move to Bayern Munich on a free transfer from the start of July.

Their squad know all about the WSL

More than a third of the Denmark squad played in the Women’s Super League last season. As well as Harder, there are a quartet of Everton players – Rikke Sevecke, Karen Holmgaard, Katrine Veje and Nicoline Sorensen – Sanne Troelsgaard of Reading, West Ham United’s Emma Snerle and Arsenal’s Kathrine Kuhl.

Additionally, Simone Boye is a former Arsenal player while Manchester United signed Signe Bruun on loan from Lyon 18 months ago.

They want more investment from the big Danish clubs

Asked how they thought Denmark could close the gap on England, Harder and manager Sondergaard both issued a passionate plea for more of the country’s biggest clubs to get behind the women’s game.

Harder said: “I think the big clubs in Denmark, they need to get a women’s team, right? If they have the money to establish a good set-up in the clubs. That’s where you develop as a player. That’s your everyday work. That would really develop the game.”

Sondergaard added: “It takes bigger investment in Denmark, that’s for sure. The big clubs, they should look at women’s football as equal.”

They have a proud history internationally . . .

Like their Scandinavian neighbours, Denmark have traditionally produced excellent women’s footballers, albeit they have not won the same silverware as Norway and Sweden.

Their national side thrived at Euro 2017, reaching the final after ending Germany’s run of dominance in Europe with a shock quarter-final victory, and finished that tournament as the runners-up. That is one of six occasions where they have reached at least the final four in the European Championship.

. . . but they have a poor World Cup record

However, Denmark’s record in the Women’s World Cup has been fairly dismal. They failed to even qualify for the 2011, 2015 and 2019 editions of this competition so are taking part in their first World Cup finals for 16 years.

Having also failed to qualify in 2003, this is only their fifth appearance at the tournament and they have never progressed beyond the quarter-finals.

What are England saying?

Wiegman named an unchanged starting XI throughout the entire European Championship campaign last summer, but asked if she would be “ruthless” with her selections after her team underperformed against Haiti, she replied: “That I’m more likely to make changes doesn’t have [anything] to do with that [ruthlessness], I want to make changes.

“What we do is approach every game and then when we get ready to prepare, first of all we see who is fit and available and then we make the decisions to what we need to start with and then we decide whether we’re going to start with the same XI or maybe make some changes.”

Sarina Wiegman – England vs Denmark, Women’s World Cup 2023: When is it and how to watch on TV

Sarina Wiegman (centre) said the team ‘looked really good’ in training – PA/Zac Goodwin

Right-back Lucy Bronze emphasised that results were more crucial to England than performances during a tournament, adding: “Every game, it is just important that you win. You can go the whole way and win the World Cup only winning 1-0 or even drawing games and only winning penalty shoot-outs.

“Obviously performances mean a lot to us, and the better you perform the more likely you are to win in general, but at the end of the day we are winning the games that are important to us.

“And the performances are there, I think in moments in games you see really good performances by individuals and the collective team as well. It’s just about being a bit more ruthless, a bit more clinical in front of goal, and I don’t think people would talk as much about performances and results then.”

Wiegman also confirmed that the full squad of 23 players were fit and available for the Denmark match.

Who else is in England’s group?

England’s final match in Group D will be against China, who complete the group along with Haiti and Denmark.

What do the other World Cup groups look like?

Group A: New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland

Group B: Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Canada

Group C: Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Japan

Group E: United States, Vietnam, Netherlands, Portugal

Group F: France, Jamaica, Brazil, Panama

Group G: Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina

Group H: Germany, Morocco, Colombia, South Korea

What are the fixtures?

Women's World Cup 2023 fixtures

Women’s World Cup 2023 fixtures

Who is in England’s squad?

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Aston Villa), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)

Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Bethany England (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessia Russo (Manchester United)

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