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Published 22 October 2022 4 min read
England Women's Senior Team

Sarina excited by England's Women's World Cup draw

Written by:

Frank Smith

The Lionesses have been drawn with Denmark, China and one other at next summer's World Cup
Sarina Wiegman is really excited to face three different styles of play at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup after discovering England’s group opponents this morning.

England Women’s head coach was in Auckland for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 draw on Saturday and was relishing the prospect of facing their Group D opposition.

The Lionesses will take on Denmark and China in their second and third games of the group but will have to wait until February to find out whether it will be Chile, Senegal or Haiti in their opening match.

Wiegman said: “It is an exciting group. We know Denmark very well and China are a very good opponent too. They were in transition a little bit and at the Olympics they were struggling but they have a new coach and won the Asian Cup.

“We don’t know the other opponent yet but it's really exciting to have three different opponents with different styles of play.”
The draw took place in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday morning
The draw took place in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday morning
Senegal and Haiti face each other on Saturday 18 February in the World Cup play-off tournament and the winner will face Chile on Wednesday 22 February to decide who will face England in their opening match on Saturday 22 July at the Brisbane Stadium.

They will then play Denmark on Friday 28 July at Sydney Football Stadium before concluding the group against China on Tuesday 1 August at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide.

Wiegman explained that England’s staff had already been assessing the different accommodation options prior to today’s ceremony and after the draw, was asked about the distance of travel between England and Australia, and also the prospect of playing during the winter down under.

Wiegman said: “We just have to be adjusted to it. In our preparations, we will take that into account. We will travel early and get adjusted to get rid of the jet lag and get into training before going into the tournament.

“We will be prepared. The locations that we are playing in and the venues we will be playing in are ok because it is not that cold, the number of kilometres we have to travel are not too much, so the logistics do not look too bad.”

She added: “We are really looking forward to it. We have nine months, we know what group we are in now, and I am very excited.”