Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Womens World Cup 2015
Japan are the defending champions but the favourites are the USA if they can get out the group of death which includes fifth seeds Sweden, tenth seeds Australia and Nigeria who are ranked 33rd.
The South Koreans will be there but their neighbours to the North won't be as they had several players test positive for performance-enhancing drugs during the 2011 Women's World Cup, FIFA banned them from participating in this one.
Germany are the number one ranked team then the USA, France, Japan, and England England sixth, Brazil seventh and hosts Canada eighth.
England should qualify from their group as they have a good French team to navigate and then should beat the Mexicans and Colombians.
As the games are being held in Canada who are a few hours behind Europe, the kick off times have been adjusted and the BBC are showing the entire World Cup on BB2, BBC3 and the red button with England's opening game 9th June at 6pm.
In the best British tradition, the players to look out for with funny names are Thailand's Rattikan Thongsombut, Cameroon's Rita Wanki and Ecuador's Angie Ponce.