Lionesses and Norway secure World Cup places

Leah Williamson Beth Mead for the Lionesses

England and Norway secured their 2023 Women's World Cup qualification at the weekend, with the Republic of Ireland potentially soon to follow.

Several Gunners faced off during Austria vs England World Cup qualifier on Saturday afternoon. Leah Williamson captained the Lionesses, with Beth Mead starting in her usual place down the wing, and goals from Alessia Russo and ex-Gunner Nikita Parris secured England's World Cup place as group winners. Lotte Wubben-Moy and Jordan Nobbs are also part of the Lionesses squad. 

Manuela Zinberger, Laura Wienroither and their Austrian teammates can still qualify through the UEFA playoffs that take place in October of this year.

Norway, meanwhile, also qualified for the competition as group winners. Frida Maanum played 77 minutes as her international side beat Belgium 1-0. and will be heading to Australia and New Zealand next summer. 

It was a historic night for Katie McCabe and the Republic of Ireland as she captained her side to the World Cup playoffs. They beat Finland 1-0 on home turf, with Lily Agg's header proving the difference between the two sides.

Vivianne Miedema, Lia Walti and Noelle Maritz will be looking to claim their qualification places this week, with the Netherlands and Switzerland both in action on September 6. 

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