Everything you need to know about the Lionesses’ schedule across this year, including detail on Women’s World Cup qualifying and potential friendlies
England’s women’s national team will continue preparation throughout 2021 for a huge summer next year, when they host the 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championship.
It promises to be a big year for the team, who parted ways with head coach Phil Neville in January. Former World Cup winner Hege Riise has taken interim charge of the team before Sarina Wiegman, currently in charge of the Netherlands, takes over the role after this summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
England themselves will not compete at the Games, though a number of their players flew to Japan as part of the Team GB squad aiming for a gold medal.
What games have England played?
Games against Germany and Norway were due to take place in October and December respectively last year, but were both postponed. A positive Covid-19 test among England’s backroom staff caused the trip to Germany to be called off, while the Norwegian FA chose not to travel for the latter fixture.
England then faced France and Canada in the April international break, losing both games. It means the Lionesses have now lost nine of their last 14 fixtures, form they will be eager to turn around as they continue preparations for the home UEFA Women’s Euro tournament next year.
What games do England have to come?
Following the Games, Wiegman will take charge of England. Her first task will be to start the team’s qualification campaign for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand, in a positive manner.
The Lionesses will face Austria, Northern Ireland, North Macedonia, Latvia and Luxembourg in their qualifying group, with the first fixtures to take place in September. Their second home game, against fellow home nation Northern Ireland, will take place at Wembley Stadium. It will be the Lionesses’ first competitive game at the venue for 14 years.
When are the England Women’s fixtures in 2021?
|September 17||England vs North Macedonia||FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification||TBC|
|September 21||Luxembourg vs England||FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification||TBC|
|October 23||England vs Northern Ireland||FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification||Wembley Stadium, London|
|October 26||Latvia vs England||FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification||TBC|
|November 27||England vs Austria||FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification||TBC|
|November 30||England vs Latvia||FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification||TBC|
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