Friday, September 29, 2023

England vs Haiti LIVE commentary: Lionesses begin quest for glory in Women’s World Cup opener – UK kick-off time, team news and how to follow

England will kick off their Women’s World Cup campaign against Haiti this weekend. Sarina Wiegman’s European champions are considered strong contenders for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. Wiegman led the Lionesses to their first senior trophy in 56 years last year, but their unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat to Australia and a goalless draw with Portugal. Now, England will look to bounce back against Haiti, who are participating in their first World Cup. This will be the first meeting between the two nations. England is also set to face Denmark and China in their group.

The England vs Haiti match in Group D is scheduled for Saturday, July 22. talkSPORT will provide live coverage from Lang Park in Brisbane, with kick-off at 10:30am UK time. Faye Carruthers will present the coverage, while commentary will be provided by Joe Shennan and former England Women’s striker Lianne Sanderson. To listen to the live stream on the talkSPORT website, click HERE. You can also tune in via the talkSPORT app, DAB digital radio, smart speakers, or on 1089 or 1053 AM.

In terms of team news, Beth Mead is not included in England’s squad as she continues to recover from ACL surgery. Captain Leah Williamson is also out due to an ACL injury, and Fran Kirby has a knee problem. Millie Bright and Lucy Bronze are in the squad despite carrying knocks, but their fitness for the match remains uncertain. The England squad includes goalkeepers Mary Earps, Hannah Hampton, and Ellie Roebuck; defenders Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Alex Greenwood, Esme Morgan, and Lotte Wubben-Moy; midfielders Laura Coombs, Jordan Nobbs, Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone, Keira Walsh, and Katie Zelem; and forwards Rachel Daly, Bethany England, Lauren Hemp, Lauren James, Chloe Kelly, Katie Robinson, and Alessia Russo.

Fara Williams, a former England Women’s player, believes that injuries will hinder England’s chances of winning the World Cup. Williams mentioned France as a potential underdog, highlighting their talented group of players and the positive impact of their new manager. She also expressed concerns about England’s depleted squad due to injuries to key players like Fran Kirby, Leah Williamson, and Beth Mead. Williams believes that England’s lack of creativity without Kirby has been evident. Despite being an England fan, she realistically sees the Lionesses falling short in the quarter-finals due to increased pressure and expectations.

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Overall, England’s opening match against Haiti is highly anticipated, and fans can follow the live commentary on talkSPORT.
The wait is over for the start of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France, and England will hope to begin their quest for glory with three points in their opening game against Haiti.

The Lionesses face the Caribbean nation at the Stade des Alpes in the French city of Grenoble, the first ever World Cup game to be played in the Alps venue.

England will be aiming to put in a good performance to get off to a strong start in the competition, while Haiti will be looking to replicate the performances we saw from them in the qualification stages, which saw them hold Chile to a draw and give United States Women’s National Team a big scare in a narrow 2-1 defeat.

Kick-off is at 5 pm BST (British Summer Time) today, with all the action being available to watch live on the BBC.

The Lionesses’ starting XI is likely to consist of most of their starters from the last few games. Karen Bardsley will take her place between the poles, with Lucy Bronze and Demi Stokes starting in the full-back positions. Abbey Hickman, Jill Scott, and Jordan Nobbs will form the midfield, while Karen Carney, Fran Kirby, and Toni Duggan will be positioned around the lone striker, captain Steph Houghton.

On the Haitian side, their team contains many familiar faces from the national team. Their main danger-woman is expected to be the experienced attacker, Nerilus Pecot.

Follow all the action with us here at England vs Haiti LIVE Commentary. We will post analysis, as well as reaction from both teams after the final whistle.

We are in for a fascinating opening to the Women’s World Cup, and we look forward to bringing you all the best action.

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