England will look to bounce back from their World Cup heartbreak with success in the Women’s Nations League starting with a clash against old rivals Scotland tonight.
The Lionesses were beaten 1-0 by Spain in the final last month in Sydney, but their next challenge is just around the corner.
Sarina Wiegman’s side are in League A Group A1, meaning they are one of the teams that can win the tournament and lift yet more silverware.
But Scotland will be out to cause a shock and hope England are still suffering a hangover from that final defeat.
England vs Scotland: talkSPORT coverage
This Women’s Nations League game is set to take place on Friday, September 22.
Kick-off at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light is scheduled for 7:45pm.
talkSPORT will have live coverage from Wearside, with Faye Carruthers serving as your presenter.
Commentary will then come from Joe Shennan and former Leeds striker Lucy Ward.
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The match will also be streamed on ITV1 and ITVX, with their coverage scheduled for 7:15pm.
England vs Scotland: Team news
England XI: Earps, Carter, Bright, Greenwood, Bronze, Stanway, Zelem, James, Kelly, Daly, Hemp.
Subs: Hampton, Roebuck, Morgan, Parker, Le Tissier, Nobbs, Toone, Coombs, Robinson, Staniforth, Charles, Park.
Scotland XI: Gibson, McLauchlan, Howard, Corsie, Docherty, Cuthbert, Kerr, Weir, Emslie, Thomas, Hanson.
Subs: Fife, Cumings, Mitchell, MacLean, Clark, Rodgers, Napier, Brown, Evans, Gallacher, Davidson.
England vs Scotland: What has been said?
Wiegman has revealed that she is worried about the schedule.
She said: “Yes, I am very worried.
“I was worried before the World Cup, and we knew this was a very short turnaround.
“It’s a bigger thing – we’re all talking about the calendar and we really have to get connected with FIFA, UEFA, the federations, and we have to make that better.
“Of course, the game is growing, which is really good. But it has to grow together and players need some rest too.
“Next week they come in and some players only had six days off, which after such a high-level, high-pressure competition is not good for them. And that has been going on for a long time because we have major tournaments in the summer all the time. So the urgency to solve it and make it better is really, really high.
“The players will come in and we first have to see how they are physically, and we have to get them fresh, and do everything to do that. That’s going to be a challenge.
“Of course, you have the team and you want to perform at the highest level, and also you want players to be fresh. For me and my staff it’s balancing (the) two – is this player fit enough, fresh enough, to play the game? That’s balancing, it’s so intense, and players are not robots.”
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