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Having won the European Championships last summer, can England now become world champions Down Under?
12 months ago, as hosts, the Lionesses were victorious at a major tournament for the very first time, beating Germany 2-1 in the Euros Final at Wembley, thanks to Chloe Kelly’s extra time winner.
Since then, Sarina Wiegman’s side have added more silverware, defeating Brazil in April’s Finalissima on penalties, but all is not well.
England are without three key players due to injury, namely captain Leah Williamson, Fran Kirby and Beth Mead, while they’re without a win in four, going 337 minutes without scoring a goal.
Last October’s 2-1 friendly victory over World Champions United States seems a long time ago now.
Nevertheless, the Lionesses should have more than enough quality to get through this group, certainly heavy favourites to pick up three points in this group opener in Brisbane.
In stark contrast, Haiti are set to make their World Cup debut, qualifying by virtue of inter-confederation play-off victories over Senegal and Chile back in February, the latter a big upset.
To gauge how strong this team is, at last summer’s CONCACAF W Championship, les Grenadières did beat Mexico 3-0, but were also swatted aside 3-0 by the USA, before a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Jamaica.
So, Nicolas Delépine’s team are likely to finish bottom of this group, and any goal they score or point they accrue will be seen as a major achievement.
Thus, anything other than a comfortable England win at Lang Park would be a major surprise.
England team news
Centre-back and captain Millie Bright hasn’t played any football since 30 March, so her minutes need to be managed, making her a doubt for this game.
If she does start, Alex Greenwood is likely to be her centre-back partner, with Jess Carter at left-back, while Esme Morgan is the other option in the middle.
Midfield is a real strength for this England team, with the duo that is Keira Walsh and Georgia Stanway on par with anything anyone else at this tournament has to offer.
Further forward, Ella Toone, Lauren Hamp and Chloe Kelly are all set to start, with Lauren James, who wasn’t even in the Euros squad, another viable option.
In attack, it remains to be seen who Sarina Wiegman will select.
Rachel Daly, who started all six Euro matches at left-back, won the FAWSL golden boot leading the line for Aston Villa last season, while Alessia Russo, who’s just joined Arsenal, is another elite-level option.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Earps; Bronze, Bright, Greenwood, Carter; Walsh, Stanway, Toone, Hemp, Kelly; Russo.
Haiti teams news
Haiti’s undisputed star is midfielder Melchie Dumornay, who’s just joined Olympique Lyonnais Féminin from Stade de Reims, scored both goals in the play-off final win over Chile that got them here.
Les Rouge et Bleu could cause England issues, Nérilia Mondésir, Batcheba Louis and Roselord Borgella form a dangerous front three, but this team is suspect at the back.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Théus; Surpris, Joseph, K Louis, Mathurin; Jeudy, Limage, B Louis, Mondésir, Dumornay; Borgella.