Women’s World Cup LIVE: England prepare for ‘game of our lives’ ahead of Spain final

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England are counting down the hours to the first Women’s World Cup final as Sarina Wiegman and her players prepare to face Spain for the title on Sunday in Sydney.

It is the first time since 1966 that either England’s men’s or women’s side have reached a World Cup final and the nation is at a standstill as the Lionesses look to take home the game’s biggest prize. And coach Wiegman, aware of the 57-year injury the country has endured, is backing her side to put an end to it on Sunday morning.

Wiegman said the Lionesses would feel the country’s support at home when they take on Spain in the World Cup final, while captain Millie Bright said the players are preparing for the “game of our lives” in Sydney.

Meanwhile, Australia will look to wrap up their home World Cup with a win when they take on Sweden in the third-place play-off in Brisbane. The Matildas were beaten by England in the semi-finals but are hopeful of victory after winning the hearts of the nation with their record streak.

Follow the preparations for the final between England and Spain and find out everything Current odds for the Women’s World Cup here and find Latest tips about the game itself Here.


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Wiegman: “It’s really exciting to play the game tomorrow and we can’t wait to win it. It shows how football connects. It brings people together. That’s what you see in England, that’s what you see in Australia. It’s so much more than just playing football.

“Lauren was just a moment. We all know it shouldn’t be part of football. She regretted it. She apologized. She lost her emotions. Now she is ready to play again.”

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Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:57 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Bright on the players’ relationship with Wiegman: “The longer you work together, the better the connection we’ve had, the more honest you can be, and you can see that translates to the field.” Without the challenges that faced we were standing, we might not be here today.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:55 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Wiegman is asked to summarize England: “Togetherness. Adaptable and resilient, that’s our playstyle. The team inspired the nation so much last year but also at the World Cup on this stage. Hopefully it will inspire more girls to play football, not just in England but around the world.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:53 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Wiegman: “I hope that more and more women will start coaching. It’s getting better, but the balance needs to be improved. It’s important that women see women on the field because what you see is what you can be. It’s important to keep pushing.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:49 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Wiegman: “The Spanish team is doing well. They’ve had a very good tournament so far. They are dynamic and will try to keep the ball. They are no different from what I have seen before.”

How Lauren James comes back to the team: “She’s good. She kept training. It’s nice to have 23 players available for tomorrow.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:48 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Bright: “We saw how tough the games were. As a player and as a woman, it’s a proud moment to show on the world stage what level we are at.

“We live in the moment. It’s a World Cup final, but it’s a different game for us. Our preparation remains the same. We have a game plan.

“Everyone knows how big that is. It has been the dream of players for years. We know how big it is at home, but it’s just another game.

“It’s huge, but it’s for everyone. It’s an honor and a dream come true to lead the girls out, but ultimately it’s the team.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:44 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Wiegman: “We watched the game again [against Spain in 2022]. We’ve analyzed Spain and I think we’re ready.

Bright: “We are very open about what we stand for. The game has grown incredibly and we appreciate all the work that is being done. As players, we don’t stop there and always strive for more.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:40 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Wiegman: “I’m very happy where I am now. We have the support and everything we need to perform at our best. It’s a pleasure to work with these players.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:38 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

Wiegman: “It’s unbelievable. We felt the support here, but also from the UK. This is what you dream of and we hope tomorrow we will play our best game ever. We hope everyone likes it.”

Bright: “The World Cup final is England versus Spain. They deserve to be there and we are focused on ourselves.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:36 am


England updates from World Cup final press conference

England captain Millie Bright and manager Sarina Wiegman are here at Stadium Australia for their pre-match press conference.

Wiegman: It’s a whole new situation. It’s not 2019, it’s 2023. Everyone is fit and ready. We’ve grown over the course of the tournament. Let’s just talk about tomorrow’s final (Wiegman was asked about the idea of ​​replacing Gareth Southgate as England men’s coach).

Bright: “It’s a proud moment. We have a shot at the trophy we always wanted.”

Jamie BraidwoodAug 19, 2023 8:34 am

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