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England and Scotland to meet in Finals
 Women's Football World Cup News - 12 Dec 2018
 
For the second major Finals in a row, England and Scotland will meet after they were drawn in the same group for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Finals in France.
 
Japan, runners-up last time around, and Argentina complete the line up in a tough looking group for both nations as England will look to improve on finishing in third place in 2015, whilst Scotland take part in the Finals for the very first time.
 
As in the Euro 2017 Finals in the Netherlands, the Auld Enemy will come face to face in their opening match in Nice on Sunday 9th June, with their next matches coming five days later as England play Argentina in Le Havre and Scotland take on Japan in Rennes. The final group matches take place on Wednesday 19th June, England facing Japan in a repeat of the semi finals four years earlier, again in Nice, whilst Scotland will play Argentina at the same time at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
 
The tournament kicks off on 7th June, with the Final being played exactly one month later on Sunday 7th July in Nyon.
 
England Head Coach Phil Neville told TheFA.com: "It's a fine looking group we've got. We've got three teams that will compete against each other in a fabulous way.
 
"I think the Scotland game will get the most interest - and rightly so - because of the rivalry, which I think is something we all should enjoy and embrace. It shows how far the women's game has come."
 
Scotland Head Coach Shelley Kerr told www.scottishfa.co,uk: "The one thing we can't afford to do is get caught up in the England game. We can't allow that to distract ourselves because we need to make sure we prepare for all three games.
 
"I don't think it favours anyone because when you're involved all you want to do is concentrate and prepare as best you can. But it is what it is and unfortunately it probably will be a circus.
 
"I think there were other groups in there I would have favoured. But I think we should be aiming to get out the group even though we know it's going to be tough.
 
"England have come out and said they want to win the World Cup so getting Scotland in their first game, they wouldn't have liked that either. As the higher ranked team, they're going to be under pressure.
 
"As a coach I'll be looking forward to the Japan game. Over the years Japan have been a formidable force and technically and tactically are a phenomenal side.
 
"We will have to be at our best in all three games if we're going to have a chance of getting out of the group. I'm not going to predict anything but we will set a target and stick to it. We will have to be at our best in all three games."
 
Alex Scott, who appeared for England at three World Cups, conducted the draw alongside former France international Louis Saha. USA legend Carli Lloyd and Didier Deschamps, who led France to men's World Cup glory in the summer, were also in attendance.
 
GROUP AGROUP BGROUP C
FranceGermanyAustralia
South KoreaChinaItaly
NorwaySpainBrazil
NigeriaSouth AfricaJamaica
GROUP DGROUP EGROUP F
EnglandCanadaUnited States
ScotlandCameroonThailand
ArgentinaNew ZealandChile
JapanNetherlandsSweden

 

 
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