Austria v England: Women’s World Cup qualifier – live!

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The England team is out …

England resume their World Cup qualifying campaign in Austria tonight, but this is unquestionably a new era for Sarina Wiegman and her team.

They take to the field as European champions for the first time with several stalwarts absent – Fran Kirby is injured, while Ellen White and Jill Scott have both called time on their careers. The Lionesses need just a point at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt, a modest venue on the outskirts of Vienna, to secure their finals spot next summer.

Even if they lose against the team they faced in the Euro 2022 opener, there is a chance to make amends and get the job done against Luxembourg in Stoke next week. Not that Wiegman will stand for any complacency tonight. “When you’re satisfied with what you’re doing right now, you’ve lost,” she said before the game.

The still-unbeaten England coach marks a year in charge tonight, and her main concern beyond sealing a World Cup place is finding the successor to White up front. Alessia Russo and Ella Toone both start tonight as Wiegman begins shaping her new England side. Kick off is at 4.30pm BST, 5.30pm local time.

September 3, 2022 at 08:12PM Niall McVeigh

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