Jamaica vs Italy
It will be the second game of the tournament for the pair as part of Group C.
Jamaica put up a good fight in their World Cup debut appearance but came up strong against Brazil and they were on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline in their Group C challenge.
Nonetheless, the Jamaicans were not embarrassed by any means as they made some great chances to score with Khadija Shaw proving a threat in front of goal. Despite the credible performance, there could be some rotation for the game with Italy as they look to give game time to as many players as possible.
Italy make their return to the World Cup after a 20-year absence. After just missing out on the 2015 World Cup, Italy made an impressive run during their World Cup qualifiers, winning 7 straight matches to top their group with a match to spare.
Enthusiasm for Italy’s Women’s team is high, combined with a failure to qualify for Italy’s Men’s side, Azzurra head to France with an invigorated support from their country for Women’s Soccer as dark horses for this World Cup tournament.
Player to watch: Sam Kerr will have her name in lights after becoming a scoring champion in two leagues various times now. Earning multiple golden boots in both W-League [Perth Glory FC] and NWSL [Chicago Red Stars], Kerr has yet to score in a World Cup to date, this is likely to change as she gets set to make her third appearance on the World’s biggest stage.
England vs Argentina
England’s second Group D match of the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. Phil Neville’s side won their opening game against Scotland, 2-1. Argentina are ranked 37th in the world, three places below Thailand, who were thrashed 13-0 by defending champions United States on Tuesday, the biggest win in the history of the tournament. However, the South Americans held 2015 runners-up Japan to a 0-0 draw in their opener on Monday, securing their first ever point at a final in their third campaign.
Forward Toni Duggan, who sat out the Scotland game with a thigh issue, did individual work as England trained in front of the media on Wednesday afternoon. All other players were fully involved, including Fran Kirby, Millie Bright and Demi Stokes.
Sunday’s contest against the Scots had seen Kirby take a kick to the knee and Bright forced off by a shoulder injury, while Stokes has been recovering from a knee problem.
Player to watch: Ellen White was preferred to Jodie Taylor in attack and the 30-year-old repaid Neville’s faith in her, scoring what turned out to be the winning goal against Scotland.
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