2023 is a significant year in women’s football, in particular for the Lionesses. Find out the England Women’s football fixtures ahead of the World Cup this summer, plus insights into their key players, strengths and weaknesses.
Last Updated: 15/05/23 at 9:21 am
The Lionesses have been in incredible form for quite a while now, having not lost a competitive game since April 2021 (they did lose to Australia in April but that was a Friendly so we're not counting it).
In that time, they have made the nation proud by bringing home some major silverware, winning the European Championship last year after beating Germany 2-1 in the final.
2023 brings another strong challenge for them to take head-on – the World Cup.
With the biggest tournament in football coming up in the summer, the team will be looking to get themselves in the best possible position for it. But before they get there, there is one more trophy they can get a hold of.
Find out the England Women’s football fixtures in 2023, plus insights into the squad, with a look at their key players, as well as strengths and weaknesses.
And if you’re interested in attending one of the fixtures at Wembley Stadium, we tell you how you can do just that, with premium hospitality tickets to the game.
England Women’s Football Fixtures: Next Up for the Lionesses
The Lionesses will next be in action in the World Cup, with their group-stage games up first. They will play Haiti in their first match, Denmark in their second, and China in the third.
England are one of the favourites to win the competition this year, so expect a deep competition run and a lot of support around the nation.
England’s Key Personel
England Women have a number of top players in their squad, including two players who have finished second in the Ballon d’Or Feminin in the past. Here are some of the players to look out for:
Lucy Bronze is highly accomplished in the domestic scene, having won three Women’s Champions League titles and two Women’s Super League titles.
Along with her team awards, she has picked up a great number of personal awards, including:
- Ballon d’Or Second-Place (2019)
- 2x BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year (2018 & 2020)
- 2x PFA Women’s Player’s Player of the Year (2014 & 2017)
- UEFA Women’s Player of the Year (first English player to win the award)(2019)
She is widely considered one of the best players in women’s football today, as well as one of the greatest players of all time.
Beth Mead has made a habit of breaking and setting new records throughout her career, and at age 27, there is no sign of her slowing down.
She was the star player in England’s 2022 Euro-winning campaign, she was the top assist provider and won both the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament honours.
Later that year, she finished as the runner-up in both the Ballon d’Or and UEFA Player of the Year awards.
Mead suffered a ruptured ACL injury in November which essentially ended her season. She has been rehabilitating ever since and is aiming to be fit in time for the World Cup.
England captain Leah Williamson is a solid defender whose game has been likened to that of some of football’s best centre-backs, mainly Italy’s Paolo Maldini.
Her appointment as captain of the national team came shortly before the Euros last year. It was at first a decision that some questioned but has now become an inspired choice from manager Sarina Wiegman, as Williamson has been and continues to grow into the face of England Women’s football.
Along with Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, and Keira Walsh, Williamson made the 2022 FIFA FIFPro Women's World 11 team.
Her commitment to the game is what makes her a brilliant leader and deserving of the captain's armband. She leads by example and is very vocal when it comes to executing the game plan and keeping the team together.
This isn’t all players, as we have to note England coach Sarina Wiegman for what she has accomplished with the national side.
The Dutch manager is a serial winner, having guided the Netherlands Women's side to Euros victory in 2017 before moving to the England team in September 2021 and winning consecutive Euros titles, as well as two Arnold Clark Cups in 2022 and 2023.
She has won the Best FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year award three times, in 2017, 2020, and 2022, and will be looking to guide the national side to more glory this year in the Women’s Finalissima and the World Cup.
England’s Tactics and Potential Strengths and Weaknesses
England are one of women’s football’s best sides, with more strengths than there are weaknesses.
As pointed out in the section above, they have two players who are considered to be amongst the best in the world currently in Beth Mead and Lucy Bronze. Should Mead recover and make it to the World Cup, her creative ability will be invaluable to the squad during the tournament.
Williamson’s defensive abilities will always be a plus and her commanding presence at the back and overall leadership are key to England’s success.
Wiegman tends to line the team up in a rather neutral formation that covers the majority of the pitch with a single attacker upfront - either a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-3-3.
Up against Brazil in the Women’s Finalissima, we’d expect to see them lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation to start, using one of the two midfielders as cover at the back to counter against Brazil’s fast style of play.
How to See the Lionesses Live & In Style
With English football in the best place it has been in years, particularly in the women’s game, every game is a must-see occasion these days. For that reason, you will not want to miss the chance to watch the Women’s Finalissima in person.
But earlier we said standard tickets are completely sold out. How can you be there if the tickets are all gone?
Standard tickets may be all out, but premium tickets and hospitality packages are still very much available to purchase.
These premium ticket packages will not only ensure your place at the game on the day but will also bring you fantastic benefits to make your game day simply unforgettable.
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