England face Norway on Thursday in the quarter-finals match of the Women’s World Cup, with Stade Oceane in Le Havre playing host to the event.
Phil Neville’s side have progressed to the last eight courtesy of a perfect four wins from four, with their first knockout hurdle overcome in the form of a physical Cameroon side.
Can the Lionesses keep their dream alive?
|Game||Norway women vs England women|
|Date||Thursday, June 27|
|Time||8:00pm BST / 3:00pm ET|
|Stream (US)||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).
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|US TV channel||Online stream|
|Fox Sports 1||fubo TV (7-day free trial)|
In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be broadcast on BBC One. It can be streamed from BBC iPlayer or the BBC Sport app.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BBC One||BBC iPlayer / BBC Sport app|
Squads & Team News
|Position||Norway women squad|
|Goalkeepers||Hjelmseth, Fikerstrand, Bogstad|
|Defenders||Wold, Thorisdottir, Hovland, Mjelde, Kvamme|
|Midfielders||Skinnes Hansen, Boe Risa, Hansen, Engen, Reiten, Minde, Maanum, Saevik|
|Forwards||Thorsnes, Herlovsen, Utland, Asland, Eikeland, Haavi, Nautnes|
Confirmed Norway starting XI: Hjelmseth; Wold, Mjelde, Thorisdottir, Minde; Saevik, Risa, Engen, Reiten; Graham Hansen; Herlovsen
|Position||England women squad|
|Goalkeepers||Bardsley, Telford, Earps|
|Defenders||McManus, Greenwood, Stokes, Williamson, Bronze, Bright, Daly, Houghton|
|Midfielders||Moore, Scott, Walsh, Staniforth, Carney|
|Forwards||Stanway, Mead, White, Kirby, Taylor, Parris, Duggan|
Confirmed England starting XI: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Bright, Stokes; Walsh; Scott, Kirby; Parris, White, Duggan.
Betting & Match Odds
England are favourites for this game and priced at 21/20 with bet365. Norway are 5/2 outsiders while a draw after 90 minutes is 12/5.
England’s World Cup campaign will take a step up in intensity on Thursday when they play their quarter-final match against Norway.
Phil Neville’s side have had no problems negotiating their opening four fixtures, conceding just a single goal as they won them all.
Their last-16 encounter against Cameroon, however, was not a match without controversy as their opponents railed against two VAR decisions and adopted a heavy-handed approach that drew criticism from the former Manchester United and Everton defender.
“That wasn't a World Cup last-16 tie in terms of behaviour that I want to see from footballers,” he fumed. “I am completely and utterly ashamed of the opposition.
“At times, we probably didn't know whether the game would continue. It didn't feel like football.
“I didn't enjoy it, the players didn't enjoy it. My players kept their concentration fantastically, but those images are going out worldwide about how to act, the young girls playing all over the world that are seeing that behaviour. For me, it's not right.”
Toni Duggan, meanwhile, believes Norway will represent a significant step up.
“I have watched them during this tournament and they have been brilliant,” she said. “I said they were one of my teams to watch but hopefully they aren't here for too much longer!
“It will be a great game. They have some top players and a lot of them play in the WSL.”
Although Norway have three England-based players, the vast majority of their squad is semi-professional, though goalkeeper Ingrid Hjelmseth does not see that as a disadvantage.
“I don't mind that I have a job as well,” she said. “I think it's nice to get out, have your mind on something else and meet people who don't care about football. I will go to work one day after I've had a s***ty game, let in some s***ty goals, and when I get to work they don't ask anything or care at all.”
After flopping at the European Championship of 2017, where they failed to score a goal, Norway have been forced to build a team based on togetherness, with star player Ada Hegerberg currently in international exile over a pay dispute with the FA.
“If we win, we win as a team, if we lose, we lose together,” coach Martin Sjogren said after the victory over Australia on penalties in the previous round.
That ethic has made Norway tough opponents, with only France getting the better of them so far at the World Cup – and that due to a controversial penalty.
England have been warned.