England women's national football team

The England women's national football team has been governed by the Football Association (FA) since 1993, having been previously administered by the Women's Football Association (WFA). England played its first international match in November 1972 against Scotland. Although most national football teams represent a sovereign state, as a member of the United Kingdom's Home Nations, England is permitted by FIFA statutes to maintain its own national side that competes in all major tournaments, with the exception of the Women's Olympic Football Tournament.

Nickname(s)Three Lionesses
The Lionesses
AssociationThe Football Association
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachPhil Neville
CaptainSteph Houghton
Most capsFara Williams (170)
Top scorerKelly Smith (46)
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 6 1 (13 December 2019)[1]
Highest2 (March 2018)
Lowest14 (June 2004)
First international
 Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
 Hungary 0–13 England 
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 8–0 England 
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1995)
Best resultThird place (2015)
European Championship
Appearances8 (first in 1984)
Best resultRunners-up (1984, 2009)

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions; in 1995, 2007, and 2011, finishing third in 2015 and fourth in 2019. They reached the final of the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984 and 2009.


Early years

The success of the men's national football team at the 1966 FIFA World Cup led to an upsurge of interest in football from women within England. The Women's Football Association (WFA) was established in 1969 as an attempt to organise the women's game.[2] That same year, Harry Batt formed an independent English team that competed in the Fédération Internationale Européenne de Football Féminine (FIEFF) European Cup.[3]:43 Batt's team also participated in two FIEFF World Cups held in Italy (1970) and Mexico (1971).[4][5]

Following an UEFA recommendation in 1972 for national associations to incorporate the women's game, the Football Association (FA) rescinded its 50-year ban on women playing on English Football League grounds.[6][7] Shortly after, Eric Worthington was tasked by the WFA to assemble an official women's national team. England competed in its first international match against Scotland in Greenock on 18 November 1972, 100 years to the month after the first men's international.[2][8] The team overturned a two-goal deficit to defeat their northern opponents 3–2, with Sylvia Gore scoring England's first international goal.[9] Tom Tranter replaced Worthington as long term manager of the women's national football team and remained in that position for the next six years.[3]:94

1979–1993: Progress under Reagan

Martin Reagan was appointed to replace Tranter in 1979.[3]:100 England reached the final of the inaugural European Competition for Women's Football, after beating Denmark 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals. Despite resolute defending, including a spectacular goal line clearance from captain Carol Thomas, the England team lost the first away leg 1–0 against Sweden, after a header from Pia Sundhage, but won the second home leg by the same margin, with a goal from Linda Curl.[10] England lost the subsequent penalty shootout 4–3. Theresa Wiseman saved Helen Johansson's penalty but both Curl and Lorraine Hanson had their spot kicks saved by Elisabeth Leidinge.[11]

At the 1987 European Competition for Women's Football, England again reached the semi-finals but lost 3–2 after extra time against holders Sweden, in a repeat of the previous final. The team settled for fourth, after losing the third place play-off against Italy 2–1.[12] Reagan was sacked after England's 6–1 quarter-final loss against Germany at UEFA Women's Euro 1991, which left them unable to qualify for the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup. John Bilton was appointed as head coach in 1991 after Barrie Williams's brief tenure.[3]:103–104

1993–1998: FA involvement

In 1993, the FA took over the running of women's football in England from the WFA, replacing Bilton with Ted Copeland as national team manager.[3]:105 England managed to qualify for UEFA Women's Euro 1995, having previously missed out on the last three editions, but were beaten 6–2 on aggregate over two legs against Germany.[13] Reaching the European semi-finals granted England a place at the World Cup for the first time. The team advanced from the group stage of the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden, but lost out again to Germany 3–0 in the quarter-finals.[14]

1998–2013: Development under Powell

Hope Powell became the team's first full-time head coach in June 1998, succeeding her former coach Copeland.[15] The European Championship expanded in 1997 to eight teams and moved from a biennial event to a quadrennial one. England qualified via the play-offs for the 2001 competition held in Germany, despite recording their biggest loss (away against Norway 8–0) during qualification, but did not advance past the group stage.[16] England automatically qualified as hosts in 2005, but again did not make it to the semi-finals.[17]

Qualification for the World Cup changed for the 1999 edition. European qualifiers were introduced, so that teams no longer needed to rely on advancing to the latter stages of the European Championship. England qualified unbeaten for the 2007 World Cup in China, winning Group 5 in the European qualifiers and recording their biggest win (away against Hungary, 13–0) in the process, ending a 12-year hiatus from the competition.[18][19] After coming second in their group, they advanced into the quarter-finals to face the United States but lost 3–0.[20]

In May 2009, central contracts were implemented to help players focus on full-time training without having to fit it around full-time employment.[21][22] Three months later, at the European Championships in Finland, England marked their return to the recently expanded 12-team competition by reaching the final for the first time in 25 years. They advanced from Group C to the quarter-finals by virtue of being the top third-placed team, beating both the hosts and the Netherlands in the knockout stage on the way to the final. There they lost 6–2 to reigning champions Germany.[23]

England reached their third World Cup in 2011, having won Group 5 and their play-off 5–2 over two legs against Switzerland.[24][25] In Germany, they topped Group B – ahead of eventual winners Japan.[26] England were paired with France in the quarter-finals, with the match ending in a 1–1 draw. England had taken the lead with Jill Scott's chip, only to have Élise Bussaglia equalise with two minutes remaining. After extra time ended in stalemate, they lost the ensuing penalty shootout 4–3. Karen Bardsley had saved Camille Abily's initial penalty but misses by Claire Rafferty and Faye White sent England out of the competition.[27]

Powell left the role in August 2013 after a poor showing at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, with England bowing out after the group stage.[15]

2013–2017: Sampson era

Welshman Mark Sampson succeeded Powell as England manager. England qualified for their third successive World Cup in August 2014 with a game to spare, winning all ten matches and topping Group 6.[28] England played their first international match at the new Wembley Stadium, home to the men's national team, in a friendly against the reigning European champions Germany on 23 November 2014. England had not played Germany since their heavy defeat in the European Championship final five years earlier. They lost the match 3–0, marking the 20th attempt at which England had failed to record an official win over Germany.[29][30]

At the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada, England lost their opening group game to France but won their remaining group games against Mexico and Colombia, easing through to the last 16 to play 1995 champions Norway. A 2–1 win set up a meeting with hosts Canada in the quarter-finals. Despite facing not only a strong Canadian team but a capacity partisan crowd at BC Place in Vancouver, England progressed to the semifinals of the Women's World Cup for the first time in their history with another 2–1 win, which also marked the first semifinal appearance by any England senior team since the men reached the last four of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Playing reigning World Cup holders Japan in the semi-finals, England conceded a penalty kick, which Aya Miyama converted past Karen Bardsley. Japan then conceded a penalty as Yuki Ogimi clipped Steph Houghton and Fara Williams slotted it past Ayumi Kaihori to level the game. However, in the last minute of the game, Laura Bassett scored an own goal to send Japan through to the final.[31] England eventually finished in third place by beating Germany 1–0 after extra time after a Williams penalty, their first time beating their archrivals in the women’s game. It marked the best finish for any England senior team since the men’s team famously won the 1966 World Cup as hosts.[32]

England qualified for the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 in the Netherlands and won all three of their group games at the tournament. England beat France 1–0 in the quarter-finals before meeting hosts and eventual champions, the Netherlands. In the semi-finals, England conceded three goals without reply and were knocked out of the tournament.[33]

In September 2017, Sampson was sacked from his role as manager by the FA after evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour was uncovered during his tenure at Bristol Academy.[34] The FA in January 2019 agreed to pay a "significant" financial settlement to Sampson, on the week his claim for unfair dismissal was due to be heard in court.[35] He was replaced by Phil Neville, who had played at Manchester United – including in their 1999 treble winning season – and Everton and been capped by the England men but had never before held a high-profile managing job.

2018–present: Neville's arrival

After being appointed manager, Neville's first games in charge were at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. In their first game, England defeated France 4–1, then drew 2–2 against Germany. They went into the final game against the United States with the opportunity to win the tournament, but lost 1–0. Second place was the highest England had finished at the SheBelieves Cup.[36]

England continued with World Cup qualification in 2018. On 6 April they drew 0–0 against Wales. After the qualifying games in June, England and Wales were guaranteed the first two spots in qualifying Group 1,[37] and England's 3–0 win against Wales in August 2018 saw them clinch the group and qualify for the World Cup finals.[38]

In the 2019 SheBelieves Cup, England won the tournament for the first time after winning their first match 2–1 against Brazil, drawing 2–2 with the United States and defeating Japan 3–0.[39]

In the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, England won group D, beating local rivals Scotland and archrival Argentina to qualify for the knockout phase, before beating Japan. England beat both Cameroon and then Norway 3–0 to advance to the semifinal against United States in Lyon – the team's third straight major tournament semifinal. However, similar to the previous two tournaments, England once again failed to make the final, losing 2–1. Alex Morgan scored the winner after Ellen White had equalised following Christen Press' opening goal, while White had an equaliser ruled out by VAR and Houghton had a penalty saved by Alyssa Naeher. The team finished in fourth after losing the third place play-off to Sweden 2–1.[40]

In the wake of the World Cup exit, England's form dropped as the Lionesses struggled in a series of friendlies to end the year including a 2–1 defeat by Germany at Wembley Stadium on 9 November 2019. The game set a new record attendance for an England women's match at 77,768, becoming the second-biggest crowd for a women's game on English soil after the 2012 Olympic final which was watched by 80,203 at the same venue.[41] The defeat was the team's fifth in seven games, mounting further pressure on Neville who admitted he was personally responsible for England's "unacceptable" form amid increased media scrutiny.[42][43][44]

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

England have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup five times (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019) and failed to qualify for three competitions (1991, 1999, 2003). The England team reached the quarter-finals on three occasions, losing out to Germany in 1995, the United States in 2007 and France on penalties in 2011. In 2015, however, England earned the bronze medal for the first time, under Mark Sampson, by beating Germany in the third place play-off.

World Cup finals
Year Result GP W D* L GF GA GD
1991Did not qualify
1999Did not qualify
2015Third place7502107+3
2019Fourth place7502135+8
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.

UEFA European Championship

England first entered the UEFA Women's Championship in 1984, reaching the final that year and in 2009. The team have reached the semi-finals on three other occasions (1989, 1995, 2017), but failed to make it out of the group stage in three other editions (2001, 2005, 2013). England did not qualify in 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1997.

Year Result GP W D* L GF GA
1987Fourth place200235
1989Did not qualify
1997Did not qualify
2001Group stage301218
2005Group stage310245
2013Group stage301237
2021Qualified as hosts
*Draws include knockout matches decided by penalty shoot-outs.
**Red border colour denotes tournament was held on home soil.

Olympic Games

England does not participate in the Women's Olympic Football Tournament, as the country does not have its own National Olympic Committee (NOC). Since England falls under the jurisdiction of the British Olympic Association, remit for an Olympic football team requires support from all four Home Nation associations. The Scottish Football Association (SFA), the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and the Irish Football Association (IFA) have all previously objected to the premise over fears that the team would erode the independence of their individual football associations. However, members of its team have played for the Great Britain women's Olympic football team at London 2012 having been granted automatic qualification as the host nation.[45] The Home Nations once again agreed to a GB Women's team in time for Tokyo 2020 with England's result at the 2019 World Cup counting as the team's attempt to qualify. They qualified as one of the last three remaining European nations.[46]

Minor tournaments

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1976 Pony Home ChampionshipWinners, group stage1st220091
1969 Unofficial European ChampionshipThird place3rd210154
1979 Unofficial European ChampionshipSemi-finals4th421164
1981 MundialitoGroup stage3rd210141
1984 MundialitoSemi-finals3rd402236
1985 MundialitoWinners1st2311135
1988 MundialitoWinners1st431082
1990 North America CupGroup stage3rd411237
2002 Algarve CupGroup stage9th4103812
2005 Algarve CupGroup stage8th4310130
2007 Four Nations TournamentGroup stage4th302130
2009 Cyprus CupWinners1st4310143
2010 Cyprus CupGroup stage5th421165
2010 Peace Queen CupGroup stage2nd202000
2011 Cyprus CupGroup stage5th420244
2012 Cyprus CupGroup stage4th420257
2013 Cyprus CupWinners1st4310127
2014 Cyprus CupRunners-up2nd430172
2015 Cyprus CupWinners1st431082
2015 Yongchuan International TournamentRunners-up2nd210122
2016 SheBelieves CupGroup stage3rd301213
2017 SheBelieves CupGroup stage3rd310223
2018 SheBelieves CupRunners-up2nd311164
2019 SheBelieves CupWinners1st321073
Total7 titles7739182314483

Media coverage

England matches at selected international tournaments, friendlies, Euro and World Cup finals are currently broadcast by BT Sport (exclude Euro and World Cup finals) and BBC respectively.[47][48] Previously, the Euro and World Cup finals broadcast by Channel 4 (Euro 2017 only) and Eurosport.

Coaching staff

Current information

Position Staff Ref.
Manager Phil Neville [49]
Assistant Manager Bev Priestman [50]

Managerial history

Statistics correct as of 12 November 2019

Image Manager Tenure P W D L Win % Competitions
Eric Worthington 1972
Tom Tranter 1973–1979
Mike Rawding 1979
Martin Reagan 1979–1990 UEFA Euro 1984 – Runner's Up
UEFA Euro 1987 – Fouth Place
Barrie Williams 1991
John Bilton 1991–1993
Ted Copeland 1993–1998 UEFA Euro 1995 – Semi Finalists
1995 FIFA World Cup – Quater Finalists
Dick Bate 1998
Hope Powell 1998–2013 169 85 33 51 050.3 UEFA Euro 2001 – Group Stages
UEFA Euro 2005 – Group Stages
2007 FIFA World Cup – Quater Finalists
UEFA Euro 2009 – Semi Finalists
2011 FIFA World Cup – Quater Finalists
UEFA Euro 2013 – Group Stages
Brent Hills 2006, 2013
5 4 0 1 080.0
Mark Sampson 2013–2017 60 39 8 13 065.0 2015 FIFA World Cup – Third Place
UEFA Euro 2017 – Semi Finalists
Mo Marley 2017–2018
3 2 0 1 066.7
Phil Neville 2018–Present 32 18 5 9 056.3 2019 FIFA World Cup – Fourth Place


For all past and present players who have appeared for the national team, see List of England women's international footballers
Caps, goals, and recent players may be outdated or incorrect, as the FA does not maintain an easily accessible database of historical statistics.

Current squad

The following 19 players were named to the squad for the friendly against  Czech Republic on 12 November 2019.[51]

Caps and goals are updated as of 12 November 2019 after the match against  Czech Republic.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Carly Telford (1987-07-07) 7 July 1987 24 0 Chelsea
13 1GK Mary Earps (1993-03-07) 7 March 1993 8 0 Manchester United
21 1GK Ellie Roebuck (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 4 0 Manchester City

2 2DF Lucy Bronze (1991-10-28) 28 October 1991 81 8 Lyon
3 2DF Demi Stokes (1991-12-12) 12 December 1991 57 1 Manchester City
5 2DF Leah Williamson (1997-03-29) 29 March 1997 14 1 Arsenal
6 2DF Millie Bright (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 34 0 Chelsea
12 2DF Rachel Daly (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 33 3 Houston Dash
15 2DF Abbie McManus (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 17 0 Manchester United
16 2DF Gemma Bonner (1991-07-13) 13 July 1991 11 1 Manchester City

4 3MF Keira Walsh (1997-04-08) 8 April 1997 26 0 Manchester City
8 3MF Jill Scott (1987-02-02) 2 February 1987 146 25 Manchester City
10 3MF Lucy Staniforth (1992-10-02) 2 October 1992 15 2 Birmingham City
14 3MF Jordan Nobbs (vice-captain) (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 60 7 Arsenal
17 3MF Georgia Stanway (1999-01-03) 3 January 1999 16 2 Manchester City

7 4FW Nikita Parris (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 47 14 Lyon
9 4FW Bethany England (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 5 2 Chelsea
11 4FW Beth Mead (1995-05-09) 9 May 1995 25 8 Arsenal
18 4FW Lauren Hemp (2000-08-07) 7 August 2000 3 0 Manchester City

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the England squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sophie Baggaley (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 0 0 Bristol City v.  Germany, 9 November 2019 TRA
GK Sandy MacIver (1998-06-18) 18 June 1998 0 0 Clemson Tigers v.  Norway, 3 September 2019
GK Karen Bardsley (1984-10-14) 14 October 1984 81 0 Manchester City 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup

DF Alex Greenwood (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 44 3 Lyon v.  Germany, 9 November 2019
DF Steph Houghton (captain) (1988-04-23) 23 April 1988 117 13 Manchester City v.  Germany, 9 November 2019
DF Aoife Mannion (1995-09-24) 24 September 1995 0 0 Manchester City v.  Portugal, 8 October 2019
DF Alana Cook (1997-04-11) 11 April 1997 0 0 Paris Saint-Germain v.  Portugal, 8 October 2019 TRA
DF Hannah Blundell (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 3 0 Chelsea v.  Norway, 3 September 2019
DF Anna Patten (1999-04-20) 20 April 1999 0 0 South Carolina Gamecocks v.  Norway, 3 September 2019
DF Gabrielle George (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 2 0 Everton Training camp, January 2019

MF Melissa Lawley (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 12 1 Liverpool v.  Portugal, 8 October 2019
MF Fara Williams (1984-01-25) 25 January 1984 172 40 Reading v.  Norway, 3 September 2019
MF Jade Moore (1990-10-22) 22 October 1990 50 1 Reading v.  Norway, 3 September 2019 INJ
MF Karen Carney (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 144 32 Retired 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Izzy Christiansen (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 31 6 Lyon 2019 SheBelieves Cup

FW Jodie Taylor (1986-05-17) 17 May 1986 51 19 Reign FC v.  Germany, 9 November 2019
FW Ellen White (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 89 35 Manchester City v.  Germany, 9 November 2019
FW Chloe Kelly (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 1 0 Everton v.  Germany, 9 November 2019 TRA
FW Toni Duggan (1991-07-25) 25 July 1991 76 22 Atlético Madrid v.  Germany, 9 November 2019 INJ
FW Fran Kirby (1993-06-29) 29 June 1993 45 13 Chelsea v.  Brazil, 5 October 2019 INJ
FW Chioma Ubogagu (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 3 1 Tacón v.  Spain, 9 April 2019

  • INJ = Withdrew due to injury
  • TRA = Training player

Team captains

Player England career
Sheila Parker 1972–1976
Carol Thomas (née McCune) 1976–1985
Debbie Bampton 1985–1991
Gillian Coultard 1991–1995
Debbie Bampton 1995–1997
Gillian Coultard 1997–2000
Mo Marley 2000–2001
Tara Proctor 2001
Karen Walker 2002
Faye White 2002–2012
Casey Stoney 2012–2014
Steph Houghton 2014–present


Carol Thomas was the first player to reach 50 caps in 1985, before retiring from representative football later that year, having amassed 56 caps. Fara Williams holds the record for England appearances, having played 172 times since 2001. She overtook previous record holder Rachel Yankey in August 2014, in a friendly against Sweden.[52] Yankey had passed Gillian Coultard's 119 record England women caps in September 2012, in a European qualifying match against Croatia, and Peter Shilton's 125 record England international caps in June 2013, in a friendly against Japan.[53]

Kelly Smith has scored the most goals for England, with 46 over a 20-year international career. She surpassed Karen Walker's record of 40 goals in September 2010, in a World Cup qualifying play-off against Switzerland.[54]

Most capped players

# Name England career Caps Goals Ref
1 Fara Williams 2001– 172 40 [55]
2 Jill Scott 2006– 146 24 [56]
3 Karen Carney 2005–2019 144 32 [57]
4 Alex Scott 2004–2017 140 12 [58]
5 Casey Stoney 2000–2018 130 6 [59]

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Top goalscorers

# Name England career Caps Goals Average Ref
1 Kelly Smith 1995–2015 117 46 0.39 [60]
2 Kerry Davis 1982–1998 82 44 0.54 [61]
3 Karen Walker 1988–2003 83 40 0.48 [62]
Fara Williams 2001– 172 40 0.23 [55]
5 Hope Powell 1983–1998 66 35 0.53 [63]
Ellen White 2010– 89 35 0.39 [64]

Bold names denote a player still playing or available for selection.

Recent schedule and results

This list includes match results from the past 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

All times are listed in GMT except where noted.


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