United States head coach Jill Ellis says the defending champions will be attacking, not defending the World Cup after the draw was made for next summer’s tournament in Paris. The U.S. was placed into Group F alongside Thailand, Chile, and familiar foes Sweden, ensuring an encounter between the sides for a fifth World Cup group stage in a row.
England head coach Neville settled on his squad more than a week ago in a lengthy meeting with his technical staff and admitted in his press conference he wanted to tell the players immediately, but now that he's been able to inform them of his decision, his message to the 23 selected is clear: enjoy today but tomorrow is business.
With the World Cup roster named for France 2019 and roster experimentation over, England head coach Phil Neville now turns his attention to fine-tuning the squad in the final two matches before the World Cup begins.
Georgia Stanway, the youngest member of the Lionesses squad heading to France 2019 this summer, is relishing the opportunity to show what she can do on the world stage but is also mindful of the responsibility she and the rest of her generation have to continue building on the foundations set by the players who came before her.
World Cup debutants Nikita Parris and Leah Williamson are eager for the talking to stop and the football to start after such a lengthy buildup for both. Parris and Williamson spoke about England's opening group match versus Scotland.