England v Australia: women’s international football friendly – live!

England: Earps, Bronze, Greenwood, Nobbs, Houghton (c), Kirby, Duggan, McManus, Walsh, Staniforth, Mead. Subs: Telford, Chamberlain, Bright, Parris, Christiansen, Daly, Blundell, Williams, Williamson, George.

Australia: Arnold, Sayer, Polkinghorne, Logarzo, Catley, Kellond-Knight (c), Foord, De Vanna, Butt, Ibini, Carpenter. Subs: Luik, Fowler, Whyman, Gielnik, Crummer, Chadic.

Hello. This is an intriguing game. The England manager, Phil Neville, believes the Matildas are “dark horses” for the World Cup in 2019 and offer his side a physical test similar to that of the USA, who were the last team to beat the home side, in March this year. The 1-0 victory over Brazil at Meadow Lane on Saturday stretched England’s unbeaten run to six games but they will have to work hard to keep that impressive record intact against tough opponents.

There will be a couple of Ballon d’Or contenders on show at Craven Cottage tonight. England’s Lucy Bronze and Saturday’s match-winner Fran Kirby are on the 15-player shortlist for the inaugural award but sadly Australia’s sole nominee, the brilliant Sam Kerr, has not travelled with the squad to avoid burnout. It’s a pity, as without Kerr, the Matildas are a diminished attacking force.

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