By Craig Kemp
8th May 2019
James Corden, David Beckham, Raheem Sterling, Emma Watson and even Prince William have been among those showing their support for England ahead of this summer’s Women’s World Cup.
Doing things differently has been critical for manager Phil Neville, with celebrities used to individually name the 23 players to make the squad for France.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 8, 2019
Some 11 players will be making their World Cup debuts, with the main omission being Olympique Lyon’s former Manchester City midfielder Izzy Christiansen, who has been struggling with an ankle injury.
England need to #BeReady in Paris
#BeReady is the hashtag being used to promote the Lionesses in their quest for Paris perfection, with England priced up at 11/2 in the Women’s World Cup 2019 outright betting.
But will the Lionesses continue to do things differently on the pitch too and will their World Cup campaign be as engaging as their squad reveal?
This is the eighth edition of the Women’s World Cup, with England’s best performance to date coming when finishing third in 2015.
England also currently find themselves in third spot in the official world rankings, primarily because of a successful run during the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.
Neville’s women topped the four-team league, which featured wins over Brazil and Japan, alongside a notable 2-2 draw with top-ranked and three-time World Cup winners USA.
Despite their standing, the USA are only second in the Women’s World Cup betting at 10/3, behind tournament hosts France at 9/4.
This is despite the fact that just one of the seven past editions have been won by the host nation, with the USA doing the business in 1999.
England kick off their World Cup campaign on Sunday 9th June against Scotland, with their other Group D opponents being Argentina and Japan.