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

Lucy Staniforth - England vs China, Women’s World Cup 2023: When is it and how to watch on TV

Lucy Staniforth has joined the England squad on standby – Getty Images/Naomi Baker

Sarina Wiegman, speaking before the group-stage match against China, says England must move on from talking about the injured Keira Walsh.

The Lionesses have lost five of their ten starting outfield players from last year’s European Championship final victory over Germany. There has, understandably, been a depressed tone to conversations discussing England’s chances of winning the World Cup since Walsh was carried off with a serious looking knee injury against Denmark last week.

The loss of Walsh, their midfield playmaker, will be acutely felt by a team that has ground out largely unattractive 1-0 wins against Haiti and Denmark to sit top of Group D. However, they need to avoid defeat by China in their final game in the group to be sure of staying in Australia for the round of 16.

Asked if this was the moment she really had to earn her money as England manager, Wiegman nodded and replied: “I think we have a strong enough team [to win the World Cup].”

What and when is it?

England play China in their final group game on August 1 at noon UK time.

Where is the match being played?

The match is being played at Coppers Stadium in Adelaide.

How to watch

The match will be broadcast by ITV.

What do I need to know about China?

They are the reigning Asian champions

China won the 2022 Women’s Asian Cup, a competition that also included Australia and former World Cup winners Japan. Securing a record ninth title, China beat South Korea 3-2 in the final in India.

They reached the 1999 World Cup final

Formerly something of a superpower in the women’s game, China won an Olympic silver medal in 1996 and went into the 1999 World Cup as one of the stronger sides in the competition. They took the United States, the 1999 hosts, all the way in the goalless final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, before losing on penalties. China legend Sun Wen was the joint-top scorer in that competition and won the individual prize for best player.

They hosted the very first Women’s World Cup

Eight years earlier in 1991, China was the epicentre of the global women’s game as the country hosted the inaugural official Women’s World Cup, also won by the USA. China also staged the 2007 event.

They have never played England in a World Cup

England and China have never faced one another in an official competitive match. However, China were victorious last time they met in a friendly fixture. In October 2015, China beat England 2-1 in Chongqing, in a game in which midfielder Laura Coombs earned her senior Lionesses debut. She is in line to feature again in Tuesday’s game in Adelaide.

They will be forced into a change on Tuesday

China will be without midfielder Zhang Rui, after she was sent off in the first half of their game against Haiti. Head coach Shui Qingxia said in Monday’s pre-match press conference that Zhang’s absence would have a “huge impact”, adding: “I know the player quite well, she wouldn’t have done something malicious. To the team it is a huge, huge loss. She is one of the core players in the team when it comes to offence and defence. But the team still fights on.”

What are China saying?

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.

“This match is critical to both teams. There are difficulties but we are going to do what we can to go through every step and with every kick make sure we can do all that we can in the match.”

What are the odds?

  • England to win 4/9

  • China to win 13/2

  • Draw 10/3

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Who else is in England’s group?

This match against China will complete Group D, with England winning their opening World Cup game against Haiti, before narrowly beating 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)

Lionesses plan to ‘do it for Keira’

By Tom Garry

Rachel Daly says she breathed a sigh of relief at the news that England team-mate Keira Walsh has not ruptured her anterior cruciate ligament, after the “heartbreak” of seeing Walsh injured in their World Cup win over Denmark.

And the Aston Villa striker has now called on the Lionesses to “do it for Keira” when they meet China.

Walsh has been ruled out of the Group D game against the Asia Cup champions but the Football Association said on Saturday that the Barcelona star will remain at England’s Terrigal World Cup base to continue her recovery while further assessment of her knee continues, so Walsh has not yet been ruled out for the full remainder of the tournament.

”[It was] a sigh of relief, I suppose, when it wasn’t the dreaded three-letter word, and we’re all just here to support her and get her through whatever she needs,” Daly said of Walsh.

“Initially, obviously, it was heart-breaking. You always fear the worst in those situations. She’s such a pivotal part of our team on and off a pitch, so it was tough. It’s not nice to see anyone get injured.

“She’s in good spirits. That’s Keira all over. She’s always got a smile on her face. She’s in and around the team, obviously in the best place possible for recovery and obviously we’re just there to support her, whatever she needs.”

Keira Walsh (right) - England vs China, Women’s World Cup 2023: When is it and how to watch on TV

Keira Walsh (right) was stretchered off against Denmark leaving England with questions about who can replace the midfielder – Getty Images/Cameron Spencer

Despite the blow of losing Walsh, the subject of the world record women’s transfer fee when she moved from Manchester City to Barcelona for just over £400,000 in Sep 2022, for the game against China, Daly says the team have the strength-in-depth to continue their World Cup challenge.

“It’s difficult losing a player of her ability and the quality that she brings,” Daly added. “But that’s why Sarina [Wiegman] built a 23-player squad and the depth that we’ve got. Obviously, things will have to change [in the XI], that’s natural when we lose a player, but, you know it’s a team game, and 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.”

Asked if the China game therefore represented a moment for somebody else in the squad to seize an opportunity, Daly continued: “Absolutely. And yes, it’s sad to see someone not be able to play, but it’s a fantastic opportunity for somebody else to step up. And yes. It’s a team game, and we have to see what Sarina puts out there. But everyone is capable of stepping in.

“There are going to be tough moments, and that’s the nature of a World Cup tournament. Because teams around us are getting better and better. We’re going to have more chances against us but we’d hope for that. It’s great for the game to see other teams rising and doing so well. We’ve played two really difficult oppositions and going on to our third, so we’re going to get tested and that’s how we deal with it is the resilience side of it that we’re going to take on into the next however many games.”

England will qualify for the last-16 if they avoid defeat against China, and doing so would also guarantee the Lionesses top the group. That would set them up for a last-16 meeting with the Group B runners-up in Brisbane next Monday, July 7.

Although they have yet to concede a goal in the World Cup, at the other end, Wiegman’s team have scored just twice so far in the tournament and only one from open play. However, Daly says she is not concerned by that and seems confident that more goals will come, adding: “No, it’s not a concern. I think with two games into the tournament, two wins, you have to look at the positives.

“We’ve got two really good wins against two really good teams. I think there’s a lot of outside noise about goals scored, but it’s not a problem within. We need to get through and hopefully get better and better every game.”

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