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England
Nickname(s) Three Lionesses
The Lionesses
Association The Football Association
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Phil Neville
Captain Steph Houghton
Most caps Fara Williams (170)
Top scorer Kelly Smith (46)
FIFA code ENG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 4 Decrease 1 (7 December 2018)
Highest 2 (March 2018)
Lowest 14 (June 2004)
First international
Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland 2–3 England 
(Greenock, Scotland; 18 November 1972)
Biggest win
Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary 0–13 England 
(Tapolca, Hungary; 27 October 2005)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Norway.svg Norway 8–0 England 
(Moss, Norway; 4 June 2000)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1995)
Best result Third place (2015)
European Championship
Appearances 8 (first in 1984)
Best result Runners-up (1984, 2009)

The England women's national football team plays for England in international women's football. The side has been quite successful of late. The team has qualified for five World Cups: 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.

In May 2009, it was announced that a number of the England Women's Team would be awarded central contracts, to help the players concentrate on full-time training and playing, without having to fit it around full-time employment. Seventeen players initially signed contracts.

In 2009, the team reached the European Championships Final, losing 6–2 to Germany. In 2015, the side had their most impressive achievement to date by finishing in third place in the 2015 World Cup.

Honours

Performance in World Cup

  • Unofficial competitions:
    • 1970: 4th
    • 1971: 5th
    • 1978: 1st round
    • 1984: 1st round
    • 1985: Winner
    • 1988: Winner
  • FIFA Women's World Cup:
    • 1991: Did not qualify
    • 1995: Quarter-finals
    • 1999: Did not qualify
    • 2003: Did not qualify
    • 2007: Quarter-finals
    • 2011: Quarter-finals
    • 2015: 3rd

Performance in European Championship

  • Unofficial competitions:
    • 1969: 3rd
    • 1979: 4th
  • European Competition for Women's Football:
    • 1984: Runner-up
    • 1987: 4th
    • 1989: Did not qualify
  • UEFA Women's Championship:
    • 1991: Quarterfinal
    • 1993: Quarterfinal
    • 1995: Semifinal
    • 1997: Did not qualify
    • 2001: Group Stage
    • 2005: Group Stage
    • 2009: Runner-up

2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

Group 5

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of England.svg England 5 5 0 0 21 0 +21 15
Flag of Spain.svg Spain 6 5 0 1 26 2 +24 15
Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 5 2 0 3 8 14 −6 6
Flag of Austria.svg Austria 4 1 0 3 2 6 −4 3
Flag of Malta.svg Malta 6 0 0 6 1 36 −35 0
  Austria England Malta Spain Turkey
Austria  21 Aug 9 Jun 0–1 23 Jun
England  3–0 8–0 1–0 29 Jul
Malta  0–2 0–6 0–13 0–2
Spain  2–0 19 Jun 24 Jun 5–1
Turkey  25 Aug 0–3 5–1 0–5

Current squad

England squad for 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers versus Austria and Spain, 25 March and 1 April 2010, announced 10 March 2010. Players in bold have central contracts.

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut
Goalkeepers
Siobhan Chamberlain 15 August 1983 (1983-08-15) (age 37) England Chelsea 16 (0) vs. Netherlands, 22 September 2004
Karen Bardsley 14 October 1984 (1984-10-14) (age 36) United States Sky Blue FC 7 (0) vs. Northern Ireland, 9 March 2005
Defenders
Dunia Susi 11 August 1987 (1987-08-11) (age 33) England Chelsea 6 (0) vs. Iceland, 16 July 2009
Claire Rafferty 11 January 1989 (1989-01-11) (age 31) England Chelsea 1 (0) vs. Austria, 25 March 2010
Midfielders
Fara Williams 25 January 1984 (1984-01-25) (age 36) England Everton 81 (30) vs. Portugal, 24 November 2001
Jill Scott 2 February 1987 (1987-02-02) (age 33) England Everton 34 (5) vs. Netherlands, 31 August 2006
Danielle Buet 31 October 1988 (1988-10-31) (age 32) England Chelsea 7 (0) vs. South Africa, 5 March 2009
Strikers
Jessica Clarke 5 May 1989 (1989-05-05) (age 31) England Leeds Carnegie 14 (3) vs. South Africa, 5 March 2009
Ellen White 9 May 1989 (1989-05-09) (age 31) England Leeds Carnegie 2 (1) vs. Austria, 25 March 2010

Recent callups

The following players have also been called up this season.

Name DOB Club Caps (goals) Debut Most recent callup

Fixtures and results, 2009/10

25 August 09 UEFA Women's Euro 2009 Group C match, Lahden Stadion, Lahti 
(Att: 2,950)
Italy  2–1 England England
Panico 56, Tuttino 80 Williams (pen.) 38
28 August 09 UEFA Women's Euro 2009 Group C match, Finnair Stadium, Helsinki 
(Att: 1,462)
Russia  2–3 England England
Tsybutovich 2, Kurochkina 23 Carney 24, Aluko 32, K. Smith 42
31 August 09 UEFA Women's Euro 2009 Group C match, Veritas Stadion, Turku 
(Att: 6,142)
England England 1–1 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
White 28 Svensson 40
3 September 09 UEFA Women's Euro 2009 Quarter-final, Veritas Stadion, Turku 
(Att: 7,247)
Finland  2–3 England England
Sjölund 66, Sällström 79 Aluko 14, 67, Williams 48
6 September 09 UEFA Women's Euro 2009 Semi-final, Ratina Stadion, Tampere 
(Att: 4,621)
England England 2-1 (a.e.t.) Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
K. Smith 61, J. Scott 116 Pieëte 64
10 September 09 UEFA Women's Euro 2009 Final, Olympic Stadium, Helsinki 
(Att: 15,877)
England England 2-6 Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Carney 24, K. Smith 55 Prinz 20, 76, Behringer 22, Kulig 51, Grings 62, 73
25 October 09 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier, Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
England England 8-0 Flag of Malta.svg Malta
White 8, Williams 20, 39, 65, Clarke 37, 76, Westwood 77, Unitt 87
26 November 09 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier, Buca Arena, İzmir
Turkey  0-3 England England
A. Scott 76, Sanderson 80, Unitt 84
24 February 10 Cyprus Cup International Friendly Tournament, Larnaca, Cyprus
England England 1-0 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
J. Scott 5
27 February 10 Cyprus Cup International Friendly Tournament, Larnaca, Cyprus
England England 0-1 Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Julien 10
1 March 10 Cyprus Cup International Friendly Tournament, Larnaca, Cyprus
England England 2-2 Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
Stoney 56, Sanderson 76 Dickenmann 27, 84
3 March 10 Cyprus Cup International Friendly Tournament, Nicosia, Cyprus
England England 3-2 Flag of Italy.svg Italy
A. Scott 8, 58, White 90+2 Brown (o.g.) 43, Camporese 64
25 March 10 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier, Loftus Road, London
England England 3-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Sanderson 16, Aluko 68, E. White 90
1 April 10 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier, The New Den, London
England England 1-0 Flag of Spain.svg Spain
Chapman 30
20 May 10 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier
Malta  v England England
19 June 10 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier
Spain  v England England
29 July 10 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier
England England v Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
21 August 10 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier
Austria  v England England

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