Team profile: England takes an in depth look at coach Hope Powell's English side that will compete at this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.
England will try to improve on its quarter-final showing from four years ago at this summer's World Cup. (David Rogers/Getty Images)


Coach: Hope Powell has been in charge of the English women's team for 13 years. A former international midfielder, Powell was the first woman to earn a UEFA Pro (Coaching) Licence and led England to the final of the 2009 European Women's Championship.

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley, Rachel Brown, Siobhan Chamberlain

Defenders: Sophie Bradley, Claire Rafferty, Alex Scott, Casey Stoney, Dunia Susi, Rachel Unitt, Faye White

Midfielders: Anita Asante, Laura Bassett, Jess Clarke, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Fara Williams, Rachel Yankey

Forwards: Eniola Aluko, Karen Carney, Kelly Smith, Ellen White


  • June 27 — vs. Mexico in Wolfsburg
  • July 1 — vs. New Zealand in Dresden
  • July 5 — vs. Japan in Augsburg


Strengths: The English have great depth, with a lot of their players playing at the top level in the FA Women's Super League back home…. In Hope Powell, England has an experienced and accomplished coach who has been in charge of the national team for 13 years… Momentum: England was undefeated (nine wins, one tie) during the qualifiers.

Weaknesses: History of under-achievement: England has only previously qualified for the World Cup on two occasions, bowing out in the quarter-finals both times... England relies greatly on forward Kelly Smith to lead the line. It would be a big blow to the English if they lost her to injury or suspension… Group B opponents Japan, Mexico and New Zealand are a lot tougher than they appear on paper.

Player to watch: Kelly Smith — Talented, committed and impact: they are all apt descriptions of England's all-time leading scorer. Smith's skill and reputation has made her one of the most dangerous scorers in the women's game. She's also shown great character, battling through serious injuries and depression to prolong her successful career.

Prospects in Germany: When it comes to soccer, England always expects to win. England will certainly be aiming to win its group in order to avoid a likely quarter-final against hosts Germany. The Lionesses kick off with winnable games against Mexico and New Zealand before a potential group decider against Japan. A third quarter-final appearance is certainly not beyond England who will dream of going deeper.

  • Soccer Confederation: Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
  • Current FIFA world ranking: 10
  • Team nickname: Three Lionesses
  • Team colours: white jerseys/blue shorts


2011 qualification route: England is one of five European nations competing at the Women's World Cup. They breezed comfortably through the UEFA qualifying competition with an unbeaten record of nine wins and one tie. A playoff victory over Switzerland booked their ticket to Germany. Fara Williams led England in scoring with seven goals while veteran striker Kelly Smith added five of her own in just six appearances.

  • Qualification record: 9 wins, 0 losses, 1 tie
  • Goals for: 35
  • Goals against: 4
  • Top goal-scorer in qualifying: Fara Williams (7)


  • Oct. 25, 2009 — England 8, Malta 0
  • Nov. 26, 2009 — England 3, Turkey 0
  • March 25, 2010 — England 3, Austria 0
  • April 1, 2020 — England 1, Spain 0
  • May 20, 2010 — England 6, Malta 0
  • June 19, 2010 — England 2, Spain 2
  • July 29, 2010 — England 3, Turkey 0
  • Aug. 21, 2010 — England 4, Austria 0
  • Sept. 12, 2010 — England 2, Switzerland 0
  • Sept. 16, 2010 — England 3, Switzerland 2


This will be the third World Cup appearance for the English after making their debut in 1995 in Sweden. During that tournament, England posted two wins (3-2 decisions over Nigeria and Canada) in the first round, before losing 3-0 to Germany in the quarter-finals.

Four years ago in China, England again advanced to the quarter-finals, dropping a 3-0 decision to the United States.

Current head coach Hope Powell was a member England's 1995 World Cup side.

  • Hosted the Women's World Cup: Never
  • Number of previous Women's World Cup appearances: 2
  • All-time record: 3 wins, 3 losses, 2 ties
  • Goals for: 14 
  • Goals against: 15
  • All-time top scorer: Kelly Smith (4)


  • 1991 — Did not qualify
  • 1995 — Quarter-finals
  • 1999 — Did not qualify
  • 2003 — Did not qualify
  • 2007 — Quarter-finals