Women's World Cup: England vs Denmark Preview

Published on 27 July 2023 at 20:00

Nathan Hartley


England will be looking to carry on their 100% winning start to their World Cup campaign after securing a 1-0 win vs Haiti in the opening round of the group stage.

England will look to carry on their impressive form (Image Credit: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)


England took a narrow victory in their opening fixture against Haiti, proving to be a tougher test then first imagined. The Haiti side were ranked 49 places lower than the Lionesses in the world rankings.


Georgia Stanway broke the deadlock after a retaken penalty after it being saved. However, Haiti's keeper Kerly Theus left her line whilst attempting to save the penalty.


Despite having many more chances, the Lionesses were unable to extend their lead and had to call upon keeper Mary Earps to make a great save with her feet, denying a potential goal for Haiti.


After a nervy 1-0 victory, England can secure their way into the last 16 with a game to spare if they beat Denmark, whilst Haiti at least draw against China.


Confidence should be high for the Lionesses, having just lost one game in 33 under Sarina Wiegman.




Denmark are competing in their first World Cup since 2007. The Dane's started well in their World Cup return, winning in a closely contested game against China 1-0.


It looked as though their opening game would end as a draw, before substitute Amalie Vangsgaard headed home in the 90th minute to secure all three points for the Danes.


Denmark have been impressive defensively. Out of their last seven fixtures, the Danes have managed to keep five clean sheets. Could this cause England's attack a problem.


After failing to make it out of the group stage in their last two World Cup campaigns, the Danes will be hoping to finally get past the group stages and go into the knockout stages.


Team News


England defender Millie Bright was able to complete the full 90 minutes of the game against Haiti after recovering from her knee injury. It was her first competitive game since April.


With an unchanged lineup expected for tomorrow, Bright will be lining up alongside Jess Carter, Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood in a back four.


Georgia Stanway, Ella Toone and Kiera Walsh are all expected to be featured for England's midfield, as Alessio Russo is expected to lead the line, joined with wingers Lauren Hemp and Chloe Kelly.


As for Denmark, Stine Ballisager will be expected to feature alongside Simone Boye at the hart of defence, hoping to secure consecutive clean sheets.


England possible starting lineup:

Earps, Bronze, Bright, Carter, Greenwood; Walsh, Stanway, Toone; Kelly, Hemp, Russo


Denmark's possible starting lineup:

Christensen; Sevecke, Ballisager, Boye, Veje; Hasbo, Holmgaard, Kuhl; Thomsen, Sorensen, Harder


My Prediction:

England 1-0 Denmark

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