On the eve of England’s World Cup marketing campaign commencing in opposition to event debutants Haiti, supervisor Sarina Wiegman paints a serene, calm image contained in the Lionesses’ camp.
Most significantly, Millie Shiny, who has assumed captain’s duties within the absence of injured Leah Williamson, has overcome a knee drawback in time for England’s opening Group D sport on Saturday morning.
“She is match and we’re completely satisfied. This was the plan and it labored so Millie is completely satisfied to play,” Wiegman confirmed to a packed press convention.
England are set to start their quest so as to add a World Cup to their trophy cupboard this weekend – ought to they succeed, they are going to turn out to be solely the second workforce after Germany in 2003 and 2007 to win the event as reigning European champions.
Much less-experienced Haiti are considered one of eight groups making their first World Cup look and certified by beating Senegal then Chile within the Inter-Confederation play-offs.
“Haiti are for the primary time at a World Cup. For us, everyone seems to be match. We’re able to go,” Wiegman continued. “They’ve a workforce that’s athletic and really opportunistic – some unpredictability additionally, however we’ll attempt to play our personal sport.”
When requested outright if England can win the event, the Dutchwoman responded: “Effectively, we’re right here. We have now a dream and naturally there’s at all times an opportunity to win. Many extra nations can win the World Cup. However in fact we’ll give our all the things, beginning tomorrow (Saturday).”
Speaking about whether or not exterior influences, and the well-documented row with the FA over bonuses, can be a distraction she added: “You name it noise. Sure, there have been conversations. I have not observed something about that. Once we go on the pitch everyone seems to be aligned and centered on soccer.
“I have not seen every other behaviour. So, sure, we’re prepared. We mentioned by July 22 we might be prepared – and we’re.
“Principally I’ve determined [my starting XI], however I am not going to let you know. We all know all the things we have to find out about Haiti. There are not any stones unturned in preparation for this sport.”
What to observe on Sky Sports activities this week
The 151st Open – July 20 to 23 – LIVE on Sky Sports activities Golf
Fourth Males’s Ashes Take a look at – July 19 to 23 – LIVE on Sky Sports activities Cricket
Premier League Summer time Sequence – from July 23 – LIVE on Sky Sports activities Premier League
Hungarian Grand Prix – July 21 to 23 – LIVE on Sky Sports activities F1
F1 Juniors: Hungarian GP – July 23 – LIVE on Sky Sports activities Combine
World Matchplay Darts – July 17 to 23 – LIVE on Sky Sports activities Motion
Ladies’s World Matchplay Darts – July 22 to 23 – LIVE on Sky Sports activities Motion
IBF Light-weight Title Eliminator – July 23 – LIVE on Sky Sports activities Motion
Earps hits out at Nike over resolution to not promote her shirt
England goalkeeper Mary Earps has described Nike’s resolution to not promote her shirt through the Ladies’s World Cup event as “vastly disappointing.”
After attempting to barter behind-closed-doors for months, Earps went public forward of England’s opener in opposition to Haiti in Brisbane.
“I am unable to actually sugar-coat this in any manner, so I’m not going to strive,” Earps mentioned. “It’s vastly disappointing and really hurtful.
“My shirt on the Manchester United web site was bought out final season. It was the third-best-selling shirt, so who says it’s not promoting?
“We as a gaggle stand for inclusion and that is the whole reverse of what we stand for.”
Nike, which provides kits for England’s ladies’s nationwide workforce, have declined to touch upon the matter.
What’s the schedule?
The group stage has begun and runs over a two-week interval ending on August 3. Group winners and runners-up progress to the spherical of 16, which takes place from August 5 to August 8.
The quarter-finals, which can be held in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney, are scheduled for August 11 and 12.
The primary semi-final will then be performed on August 15 in Auckland, with the opposite semi-final happening on August 16 on the Accor Stadium in Sydney, which can then host the ultimate on August 20.
A 3rd-place play-off can be performed the day earlier than the ultimate on August 19 in Brisbane.