The international window in Women’s football has made way for a new tournament and four of the top FIFA ranked teams in the world are currently underway competing for the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup.
England, who are ranked eighth, are hosting Germany (3), Canada (6) and Spain (9) for the first ever event which echoes similarities with America’s SheBelieves Cup which is currently underway.
Sarina Wiegman had been speaking ahead of the competition saying she believed this would be her first real challenge as England manager.
Since taking over the reins from Phil Neville in September, Wiegman has not lost a single match but was yet to face any real fierce opposition until this tournament.
In England’s first Arnold Clark Cup match, the Lionesses faced Canada and yesterday (Sunday 20 February 2022) took on Spain.
Wiegman’s side held both to a draw which, while encouraging for many, will have disappointed the Lionesses.
Millie Bright stunned in the first match against Canada as she put a screamer of a goal past the Canadian goalkeeper but Janine Beckie ensured her side were not in the backseat for too much longer.
In England’s fixture against Canada, England will reward themselves in how they were able keep such a strong side quiet but will be frustrated that this came at the detriment of their own ability to score.
Spain’s side consists of majority Barcelona players who most recently won the Women’s Champions League and the Lionesses must console themselves that this was an improvement on their last meet up with the Spaniards who took a 1-0 win.
After the match, Wiegman said: “A 0-0 sounds boring but it wasn’t I think very open game. We both wanted to score goals, I think they had more of the ball but that’s fine, we were dangerous, I think we had something like six chances and they had some too.”
England’s last chance at a home win in the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup competition will come on Wednesday as they are set to face the World number three, Germany.
In Germany’s most recent fixture, they became the first team to lose a match at the competition, losing 1-0 to Canada and will be hopeful of rectifying this situation when they face long-standing rivals England on Wednesday.
Here is all you need to know about how to follow England’s final match in the Arnold Clark Cup and what does former player Lianne Sanderson think of it all?
When is England v Germany?
England will play host one last time in the Arnold Clark Cup as they take on Germany on Wednesday 23 February 2022.
What time is the match?
England and Germany will face each other at 7.30pm GMT
Where is the match being played?
Germany will travel to the Wolverhampton Wanderers stadium, Molineux, to face their hosts.
How to watch England v Germany?
All of the matches are being shown on ITV. Fans will also be able to keep up with the match on the ITVHub which will stream the match live.
Coverage will begin on ITV4 at 6.45pm GMT.
Who does Lianne Sanderson think is likely to win?
England have often found it hard to beat Germany on the football pitch, in both men and women’s football, however former England World Cup footballer Lianne Sanderson spoke to National World on behalf of bettingexpert and explained why England have a chance:
“We’ve gone past that point of not being able to beat Germany. It was a massive weight over our shoulders when we beat them for the Bronze Medal in 2015...
“If (Sarina Wiegaman) picks the right team we can win the game, but if she starts trying out players in different positions...then it will be more difficult.
“A lot of people have written Germany off but you can’t write of Germany, they are historically known for winning.
“I’m going to go with 2-1 England - I don’t want another draw!”
- England Win: 11/10
- Draw: 12/5
- Germany win: 19/10
Bets courtesy of skybet.com.
Read more from Lianne Anderson here: Ex-England star on Arnold Clark Cup, her women’s football experience and hopes for future
Who is in the squad and who to watch out for?
With one match left to go in the Arnold Clark Cup, NationalWorld asked Sanderson who to look out for against Germany and who to keep a watch on in future:
“When you think about players (to look out for) you automatically think about young players. But for me, one of my favourite players to watch is Beth Mead...
“I think she’s often gone underneath the radar where people haven’t fully understood how good she is.
“Also Lucy Bronze...For me I would make Lucy Bronze my captain. She’s one of the best players I’ve ever played with and she’s the best player in that team now.”
England have not yet named their squad for their fixture against Germany. Wiegman made eight changes from their first match against Canada to Spain so it is likely that the Dutch manager will hope to mix things up once more.
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps, Hannah Hampton, Ellie Roebuck
Defenders: Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Demi Stokes, Leah Williamson
Midfielders: Fran Kirby, Jordan Nobbs, Jill Scott, Georgia Stanway, Kiera Walsh, Katie Zelem
Forwards: Lauren Hemp, Beth Mead, Nikita Parris, Alessia Russo, Ella Toone, Ellen White
Goalkeepers: Ann-Katrin Berger, Merle Frohms, Martina Tufekovic
Defenders: Sara Doorsoun, Jana Feldkamp, Guilia Gwinn, Sophia Kleinherne, Lena Oberdorf, Maximiliane Rall, Felicitas Rauch, Leonie Maier, Sarai Linder
Midfielders: Nicole Anyone, Jule Brand, Klara Buhl, Selina Cerci, Sara Dabritz, Linda Dallmann, Fabienne Dongus, Laura Freigang, Lina Magull, Ramona Petzelberger, Chantal Hagel
Forwards: Lea Schuller, Hasret Kayikci
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