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After continuing their serene progress towards the 2023 Women’s World Cup with another one-sided beating, Latvia’s 10-0 defeat on Tuesday, the attention of Sarina Wiegman and her English players turns to the European Championships held in home next summer.
The draw for the final takes place in Manchester. Northern Ireland, whose World Cup hopes were shaken when Austria equalized in the last minute at Windsor Park on Tuesday, are also keenly interested. Kenny Shiels’ team will bow out at a major tournament.
The 16 qualifiers were placed in four pots. England are in Pot 1, with the Netherlands, which Wiegman led to victory in 2017, France and Germany, eight times winners. Northern Ireland are in Pot 4. Four groups of four will be drawn, leading to a knockout round of 16.
While England will feel confident in escaping their squad regardless of their combination, there are some teams they would rather avoid. Pot 2 features World Cup bronze medalists Sweden, who have won their last two matches against England, and a rapidly improving Spanish side based on Barcelona, Champions League winners who comfortably have beaten this year each of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City, the cream. of the WSL.
Pot 3 contains Euro 2017 finalist Denmark and a decent Belgian side which drew 3-3 with England in 2019. Pot 4’s most dangerous opposition is Russia.
Northern Ireland know they will be the underdog no matter what their draw, but, goal scorer Lauren Wade said Tuesday, “We can’t wait to see who we’re going to have. We’re really excited. Every team will be tough but [the match v Austria] gives us confidence that we will be able to compete.
- Pot 1: England, France, Germany, Netherlands.
- Pot 2: Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden.
- Pot 3: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland.
- Pot 4: Finland, Iceland, North Ireland, Russia.
Four groups of four will be drawn, starting with Pot 1
England open the tournament at Old Trafford on July 6 and hope to be there when it concludes at Wembley on July 31. The Lionesses also play group matches at Brighton and Southampton. The other venues are Brentford, Milton Keynes, Sheffield United, Rotherham, Manchester City Academy Stadium (where City women play) and Leigh Sports Village (home to Manchester United women).
It says a lot about the growth of the sport that the previous time the Euros were played in England in 2005 all matches were held within traditional Lancashire boundaries with the final at Ewood Park.
England then failed to escape the group, but reached the final twice. In 1984, they lost the inaugural penalty shootout competition to Sweden after a 1-1 draw in two sets. In 2009, they lost 6-2 to Germany.
Alex Scott, who played in the latter game, and Gabby Logan will co-host the draw with Kelly Smith, another 2009 campaign veteran, from the cast of star players past and present.
How to watch the draw
- Dated: Thursday October 28
- Start time: 5 p.m.
- Or: Manchester
- TV channel: BBC One. Coverage from 4.30 p.m.
- Direct: BBC iPlayer