England v China live: Latest score and updates from the Lionesses at the Women's World Cup

Lauren James (centre) celebrates scoring England's third goal

01:11 PM BST

46 min: China 0 England 3

So, one change for England, none so far, surprisingly, for China. A mistake from Bronze allows Linyan Zhang to bomb down the left. Bright recovers to strong-arm her wide and Earps gobbles up the cross/shot when it eventually comes from an unpromising position.

01:08 PM BST

Half-time changes

Coombs replaces Stanway, who was on a yellow card.

12:59 PM BST

Luke Edwards’ verdict

Telegraph Sport analysis

Telegraph Sport analysis

I jokingly said to my colleague Tom Garry that I would only relax when England were 3-0 up at half time so I’m going to stick my neck out and say England are through to the Round of 16.

The Lionesses have been so much better than China it has looked like a horrible mismatch at times and that is even with some ludicrous VAR interventions – or rather the lack of them! England should have had a penalty when Russo was tugged back by her hair inside the area but China manage to get a goal chalked off for offside because Lucy Bronze had wandered back from an offside position when she passed back to James to curl into the top corner. Replays showed the ball bounced to her off the back of a Chinese defender and she was onside by that point anyway.

England though have been excellent, completely dominant.

12:58 PM BST

Half-time: China 0 England 3

It’s a shame the ‘fourth’ goal was chalked off on aesthetic terms (and a fastidious interpretation of the law) because it was an absolute peach. But England have been so dominant they can live with it and must fancy their chances of running riot if Wiegman leaves enough of her starters on long enough to do so. China have been blown away by their failure to adapt to England’s tactical switch and the slick movement of James in a free role and the Russo-Hemp partnership.

12:54 PM BST

No goal: China 0 England 3

The referee goes to the screen and deems Bronze was offside when James’ cross came in and the Chinese defender did not play the ball but was hit by it.

12:50 PM BST

GOAL!? VAR check

China 0 England 4 (James)  She’s a special talent. The corner went long, too long, so she chased out to the right to retrieve it and returned the cross. Bronze took it off the defender (though she started in an offside position) and passed it back to James who bent a left-foot shot from 18 yards into the top left.

12:49 PM BST

45+2 min: China 0 England 3

Daly comes back on to the field with two minutes of added time to go. Carter puts Russo down the outside right and she flies past Chen. England load the box with runners but attempts by James, Hemp and Bronze are blocked and they have to settle for a corner.

Lauren James scores her second goal of the tournament

Lauren James makes it 3-0 and scores her second goal of the tournament – Zac Goodwin/PA Wire

12:47 PM BST

45 min: China 0 England 3

Signs of life from China when Li flashes a very dangerous cross through the box. Bronze hurries it away. Daly requires treatment after copping an elbow in the chops as she was turned.

Daly goes down

Daly is wiped out by a flailing arm across the chops – REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

12:41 PM BST


China 0 England 3 (James) Brilliant finish but about as telegraphed a move as you could see at this level. James was stationed to the right of teh D with the free-kick, parallel with the six-yard line about three yards in from touch. Greenwood chipped it low back to James who buried it on the half volley. Not quite a Scholes or Sheringham because it didn’t come on the full, but a very good finish nonetheless. China are dozing here. Shellshocked.

12:41 PM BST

40 min: China 0 England 2

Bronze, pushing on, is tripped when she tries to double back from the byline. England free-kick.

Tom Garry reports from Adelaide

A group of Lionesses fans to our left are chanting ‘ole, ole’ with each successful England pass. What a change in the confidence levels.

12:40 PM BST

39 min: China 0 England 2

China just won’t commit to the press and keep allowing England’s back three the time to pick a pass. Actually the time to have a meeting to decide which pass to pick.

Luke Edwards reports from Adelaide

I am utterly baffled as to how England have not been awarded a penalty after replays clearly showed that Alessia Russo was yanked back, hard, by the pony tail inside the area. England could also have had a spot kick when Luzy Bronze was wiped out inside the box shortly after hitting the post with a header, But that Russo decision has annoyed me so much I’m typing the keys really really hard in fury

12:38 PM BST

36 min: China 0 England 2

Russo rises to try to meet Stanway’s whipped cross from the right and can’t reach it because a defender has a fistful of shirt after having a handful of hair. The referee cops a Nelson and awards the corner instead.

12:36 PM BST

34 min: China 0 England 2

Bronze arrives late at the back post to hit the post when meeting Daly’s left-wing cross. She quickly gets on her feet to try to bundle the replay in but a firm tackle from Wang Shanshan saves the day.

Engalnd’s fluidity is overwhelming China. This is as complete a performance as we’ve seen all year. And China are no mugs. They are the Asian Cup holders.

12:33 PM BST

31 min: China 0 England 2

England are too hot to handle on the break for China whose centre-halves look plodding compared with Russo, James and Hemp.

Tom Garry reports

The China fans heavily outnumber the England supporters here inside this stadium, and that was evident during the anthems. Red and yellow scarves are all around the ground. There are quite a few England flags draped behind the goals but, in terms of numerical support, it’s the Asian Cup champions who have the larger number of fans here.

12:31 PM BST

29 min: China 0 England 2

That goal seems to have aroused China who try to lay siege and commit bodies forward. England repel the pressure with Bright and Carter getting blocks and tackles in, Zelem dropping in and the wing-backs stopping the crosses and forcing Wang Shuang back inside.

Lauren Hemp of England scores her team's second goal

Hemp slots England’s second – Maddie Meyer/Fifa via Getty Images

12:26 PM BST


China 0 England 2 (Hemp) Bronze gets a foot in as she retreats towards goal but Bright reads the direction before Lou, steps ahead of her and takes the ball in her stride. She powers through the middle and stabs a pass into James’ feet. England’s playmaker sweeps the perfect pass from centre to right to Hemp who takes a glorious first touch to give her the run on Yao Wei, storms past her and then opens her body to steer a lovely left-foot shot into the bottom left corner from the right of the D.

12:26 PM BST

23 min: China 0 England 1

China need a tactical rethink to salvage their proud record of qualifying from the group at every World Cup. It’s ever more urgent as Denmark have gone 1-0 up against Haiti. But they have no hope until they get to grips with England’s system. The usuall rigid Wiegman has blindsided the opposition with a switch to a back three and Wu Chengshu and Lou don’t know whether to press or not.

12:23 PM BST

21 min: China 0 England 1

First attack of any real menace when China break from England’s fractured free-kick routine. Linyan Zhang tries to go up the left but is soon sent down cul de sac. Back they come down the left after a sloppy clearance and cross. Carter half-clears and England scramble it away, some suggestion of a handball from a  red shirt but play continues.

12:20 PM BST

19 min: China 0 England 1

England free-kick, 25 yards out when Daly is taken out by a flying challenge that catches her high. England try to bluff China with a routine, Zelem looking for the wall pass instead of having a dig. But China are alert and smother it.

12:19 PM BST

16 min: China 0 England 1

The crowd is certainly with China but the players are giving them no grounds for optimism. They look hidebound by caution, dropping into a low block with their forwards letting England’s back three drive through at will and James, further forward, in the Keegan mode, dropping grenades in the ‘hole’.

England's Alessia Russo celebrates scoring their first goal with Lauren James and Lucy Bronze

Russo gives England the lead – REUTERS/Hannah Mckay

12:15 PM BST

13 min: China 0 England 1

Russo creates another chance with her pace and control down the left and centres for Hemp, arriving in the box on the right. The left-footed forward needed to put her right boot through the shot but tried to dink it with her trusty left instead and couldn’t keep it on target under pressure from Yao Wei.

12:12 PM BST

10 min: China 0 England 1

And now Russo burns off Li down the left with a dip of the shoulder, a feint, a half-turn and then sprints away, leaving her trailing. When she gets to a spot parallel with the six-yard line she whips over a cross that barrels through the box, beating Zhu and demanding a slide from an England attacker. Sadly, Russo, the centre-forward, could not be in two places at once.

12:10 PM BST

8 min: China 0 England 1

Fine goal and a perfect example of what happens when Russo is given someone close enough to play off.

Luke Edwards reports from Adelaide

Well that has warmed the England fans up. Great goal started and finished by Alssia Russo. She did really well to bamboozle three Chinese defenders out wide before slipping a perfectly weighted through ball into the path of Lauren Hemp. It was then the desire to follow that up and sprint into the area that led to the goal. The China goalkeeper may have looked like she was diving in slow motion but Russo got back up with play and was there to hit a low shot after the initial cross was cut out. The Arsenal striker has been out of form and has lacked short of confidence in front of goal. That will have done wonders for her.

12:04 PM BST


China 0 England 1 (Russo)  The move was sparked by Bright’s crisp tackle on Lou that won the ball back and allowed England to attack up the left. Russo took the ball, shielded it then cut inside to play the perfect pass with the outside of her right foot to Hemp. The winger took it in her stride, dribbled to the byline and then cut it back to Russo for the cutest of finishes.

12:04 PM BST

3 min: China 0 England 0

Carter, on the right of the back three, Bright and Greenwood pass it between themselves and Earps until Wu finally commits to the press and Bright launches it but the ball doesn’t stick with Russo and China come back through the middle.

12:02 PM BST

1 min: China 0 England 0

England kick off, attacking from right to left. England are playing with wing-backs, Daly and Bronze, with James in behind Russo and Hemp in a more central role. England pass it around for a bit, not that you can tell as the TB director keeps his camera on the face of the China head coach for a long linger.

12:00 PM BST

Thoughts from our correspondents

11:55 AM BST

Luke Edwards reports from Adelaide

I can confirm that it is officially “chilly” in Adelaide. There are even people wearing wooly hats and winter coats. A little extreme perhaps, especially for someone like me who lives in the North East of England.

These are the perfect conditions for an English team to play a night fixture. They will be able to play a high pace, high pressure style and should, I repeat, should, have too much for China who have not beaten a European team since 2018.

11:50 AM BST

Play to win?

11:49 AM BST

Stanway confident she can cover for Walsh’s absence

“I feel I’ve proven my leadership in the way that I play and lead by example,” Georgia Stanway said on the eve of the final group game. “I’m not afraid to communicate as well, so I’ll try and do the two jobs.

“I feel a lot of confidence in my own game, and I’ve been consistent off the back of the Euros, so I’m just trying to keep that momentum.

“I have to make sure I’m covering the back four and I’m disciplined. I just need to stay on my feet and make sure there’s players in front of me,” she said.

“Going into tomorrow, it’s about communicating in the middle of the pitch. I think for me, it’s just covering that discipline element into the game, knowing I don’t always have to be running to help with the attack.

“It’s just knowing I need to protect the back four too. That position comes naturally to me.”

11:44 AM BST

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11:40 AM BST

Tom Garry reports from Adelaide

Telegraph Sport analysis

Telegraph Sport analysis

Well, well, well, what’s got into Sarina Wiegman? Usually even less likely to change formation than the Red Arrows right in the middle of a fly-pass, she’s now rung the changes for a big World Cup match, and it would seem she’s playing a three-across-the-back for the first time in her tenure as England manager. It has certainly raised some eyebrows in the press box, but there’s also excitement too, and a general feeling that might suit Lucy Bronze and Rachel Daly’s style well, as attacking wing-backs.

11:32 AM BST

Team news

China PR Zhu, Li, Shanshan Wang, Wei Yao, Chen; Shuang Wang, Lingwei Yao, Yang, Linyan Zhang; Chengshu Wu, Lou. Subs  Pan, Xu, Gao, Gu, Dou, Shen, Tang, Linlin Wang, Haiyan Wu, Xiao, Xin Zhang. 

England Earps, Bronze, Bright, Greenwood, Carter; Bronze Stanway, Zelem, Daly; James, Russo, Hemp. 

Subs Hampton, Roebuck, Charles, Toone, Nobbs, Wubben-Moy, Morgan, Coombs, Kelly, England, Robinson. 

Referee Casey Reibelt (Australia)

11:29 AM BST

Luke Edwards reports

So it is Katie Zelem who has been given the task of replacing Keira Walsh. She will definitely increase England’s set piece threat! Chloe Kelly drops down to the bench which is interesting .

There are a lot of Chinese fans in and around the stadium and real sense of jeopardy attached to this one.

England cannot afford any slip ups. A draw will do but we don’t want it to be that nervous!

And it looks like a switch to a 3-4-3 formation which will Lucy Bronze further up the pitch and Jess Carter one of the three CBs.

11:28 AM BST


By Tom Ward

Good morning and welcome to Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide where England need just a point from their final group match against China to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup.  A pair of 1-0 wins for the Lionesses to begin the tournament have been more solid than spectacular but now they have the chance to properly burnish their credentials as leading contenders for the tournament.

The US and Brazil have shown there are fallibilities in some of the top sides in this tournament and England do possess the quality and pedigree to go far, should their levels improve enough. The loss of Kiera Walsh is obviously a huge hurdle to overcome. In the absence of other leaders in Leah Williamson and Fran Kirby, Walsh has assumed a role of elevated importance in this England team. Her knee injury against Denmark is a bitter blow to Sarina Wiegman’s side but it does open the door for the likes for Georgia Stanway – who scored England’s only goal in their opener against Haiti – to step into the breach.

Speaking about the absence of Walsh, Rachel Daly said: “We have to get on with it and ultimately to get the job done for Keira as well.  “I think what you saw on Friday [against Denmark, after Walsh was carried off] was the resilience side that we have. It was obviously so difficult losing her, but we’ve got players to step into that role.  “It will be tough, but we know that, and we’ve got players to step in and ultimately it’s a team game and it’s not just about one individual. Obviously, it’s heart-breaking to see and not be able to play with us, but I think everyone just set up as well for her.”

England’s opponents China have reached the knockout stages in all seven of their World Cup appearances. However, they sit level with Denmark on three points heading into this one and know they will need at least a draw to have any hopes of maintaining their 100 per cent qualification record intact. China coach Shui Qingxia, asked if she will have an eye on Denmark’s match against Haiti, said: “[First and foremost] we have to win. Anything can be possible. Our group is quite complicated. But what matters most is to fight our very best to win and also keep an eye on the other match.”

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