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World Cup: Who’s playing and when?

Williamson and Mead

Ten of our players have been called up for international duty at the Women’s World Cup this summer.

Read on to find out who has been selected and when they’ll feature…

Pauline Peyraud-Magnin has the opportunity to start for France in their tournament opener against South Korea on Friday, June 7 (8pm), before going on to face Norway on Wednesday, June 12 (8pm) and Nigeria on Monday, June 17 (8pm). 

Leah Williamson and Beth Mead will be going head-to-head with Lisa Evans, Kim Little and Jennifer Beattie in their first Group D outing when they face Scotland on Sunday, June 9 (5pm). Phil Neville’s side will then go on to play Argentina on Friday, June 14 (8pm), and Japan on Wednesday, June 19 (8pm). 

As for our Scottish trio, they’ll line-up against Japan on Friday, June 14 (2pm), and Argentina on Wednesday, June 19 (8pm).


Vivianne Miedema, Danielle van de Donk and Jill Roord will play their first Group E outing for the Netherlands against New Zealand on Tuesday, June 11 (2pm), before facing Cameroon on Saturday, June 15 (2pm), and Canada on Thursday, June 20 (5pm). 

Finally, Leonie Maier will kick-off her World Cup campaign with Germany against China on Saturday, June 8 (2pm), before lining up against Spain on Wednesday, June 12 (5pm), and South Africa on Monday, June 17 (5pm).

Following the group stage, rounds will take place as under:

Last-16: June 22 - June 25 

Quarter-finals: June 27 - June 29

Semi-finals: July 2 - July 3 

Final: July 7


World Cup Watch: Miedema breaks goalscoring record


Seven of our stars were in World Cup action on Friday and Saturday. Read on to find out how they fared for their respective countries.

Vivianne Miedema became Netherlands’ all-time leading scorer on Saturday after striking twice in a 3-1 win over Cameroon.

Our 22-year-old striker opened the scoring with a powerful header in the 41st minute, but less than two minutes later, Gabrielle Onguene equalised following a mix-up at the back.

Former Gunner Dominique Bloodworth then went on to restore Netherlands’ lead with a tap in, before Miedema stormed into the box and fired past Annete Ngo Ndom, breaking Manon Melis’ previous record (59) and sealing all three points. 

Danielle van de Donk played 71 minutes, while Jill Roord came on as her replacement. 


Beth Mead produced a moment of quality in England’s 1-0 victory over Argentina on Friday, assisting Jodie Taylor’s all-important winner.

Phil Neville’s side dominated the game from start to finish, but they were forced to wait until the 61st minute for an opener, with Mead playing an inch-perfect pass into the path of Taylor, who was left with the simple task of firing into an empty net. 


Elsewhere, Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie and Lisa Evans all started in Scotland’s 2-1 defeat to Japan on Friday.

Lana Clelland scored a late consolation goal for Shelley Kerr’s side, but it was little too late after conceding to Mana Iwabuchi and Yuika Sugasawa in the first half.

Our Scottish trio must now beat Argentina in their final group-stage outing to stand any chance of progressing.