England are hoping to make it three from three when they take on Japan in the Women’s World Cup on Wednesday night.
Phil Neville’s side have effectively beaten Scotland and Argentina in Group D and will secure top spot on the off chance that they avoid defeat at the Allianz Riviera.
The Lionesses are growing in certainty under Neville, with Nikita Parris and Ellen White scoring against Scotland and Jodie Taylor scoring against Argentina.
The England manager must choose whether to pivot to stay new for the knock-out phase or maintain their momentum.
Predicted England line-up
Starting XI: Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton, McManus, Greenwood, Moore, Parris, Scott, Kirby, Duggan, Taylor.
Match Prediction: Japan 0-2 England
The Lionesses surrendered to defeat against Japan in heart-breaking fashion at the last World Cup, losing 2-1 in the semi-finals by means of a stoppage-time possess goal. From that point forward, England have developed from solidarity to quality and rose as one of the game’s best groups. They remarkably beat Japan 3-0 at the She Believes Cup and now have the chance to reap revenge for the pain of their last World Cup outing.
Having shown their development and levelheadedness to beat Argentina 1-0 win, England’s place in the knockout stages of the competition is secured. Maintaining a strategic distance from destruction against Japan on Wednesday would see them top Group D and proceed to face China, Chile or Cameroon in the last-16 – a kind draw that would put them in good stead for the later stages of the tournament.
Japan represent a more noteworthy danger than either Scotland or Argentina yet with certainty riding high, and capability out of the group stages effectively wrapped up, hope to see a free and expressive England side take to the field. Their ownership based, tolerant style of play implies this is probably not going to be a high-scoring undertaking yet with any semblance of Fran Kirby, Beth Mead and Jodie Taylor threatening against Argentina, there’s no doubt Phil Neville’s women will be looking to take the game to their Japanese opponents.
When is it?
England vs Japan kicks off at 8pm (BST) on Wednesday 19 June at the Allianz Riviera, Nice.
Where can I watch it?
Toni Duggan will be available to face Japan after overcoming a thigh problem which has kept her out of the tournament so far.
Millie Bright dropped to the seat against Argentina in the wake of getting shoulder injury against Scotland, but she should be fit to start once more. Demi Stokes also remained on the bench while recovering from a knee problem but, again, she should be ready come Wednesday.
During the Laver Cup, Roger Federer lost to Rafael Nadal for the last time in his career
An emotional Roger Federer has lost his last proficient tennis match, playing pairs close by Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup.
Playing for Group Europe before a rat horde of 17,500 Federer and Nadal lost 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 11-9 against Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock of Team World.
In changeovers during the match the video screens showed a few famous snapshots of Federer’s 24-year proficient profession with recognitions from Nadal and his mom Lynette.
Federer got the opportunity to seal triumph when he served at match point in a strained choosing tiebreak however it was not to be.
After a short snapshot of nearly quietness around the stuffed field, the group ejected to salute a close to emotional Federer.
The Swiss 20-time huge homerun champion declared last week he would return for his last after over a year uninvolved.
At the point when the match finished, Federer embraced Nadal, then, at that point, Tiafoe and Sock.
Federer started crying as he went to welcome different members of Team Europe.
As the group cheered, Federer put his hands on his hips, his chest heaving.
Then, at that point, he mouthed, “Thank you,” while praising right back toward the onlookers.
“It’s been an ideal excursion,” Federer said. “I would do everything over once more.”
“It’s been a superb day. I told the folks I’m blissful; I’m not miserable.
“I appreciated tying my shoes once again. Everything was the last time.”
Federer separated as he said thanks to his better half Mirka.
“She might have halted me a long, quite some time ago yet she didn’t. She moved me along and permitted me to play, so it’s astonishing — thank you,” he said.
His last authority singles match was a misfortune in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2021.
He resigns with 103 vocation singles prizes, 310 weeks at number one in the ATP rankings, a Davis Cup title and Olympic medals.
Nadal honored his colleague and opponent.
“At the point when Roger leaves the visit, a significant piece of my life is leaving, as well,” he said.
NRL preliminary final preview and prediction: North Queensland Cowboys vs Parramatta Eels
The North Queensland cowboys will seek proceed with their staggering season for one more week when they have a starter last in Townsville against the Parramatta Eels, who have gone past the semi-finals after three failures in a row.
The Eels finals record has been one of the key arguments encompassing the current year’s finals series.
Brad Arthur’s group could have decisively shot up the stepping stool to make the semi-finals without precedent for 2019, however from that point forward, it has been a threesome of Week 2 finals exits.
It’s a record they were at last ready to snap last end of the week however, with the blue and gold finding a far beyond the Canberra Thieves in what was an uneven barrage at CommBank Stadium.
It’s hard to know precisely the amount to add something extra to that apparatus however, given the Bandits completed in eighth spot on the table and to be honest, played what might be compared to their amazing last the prior week when they had the option to thump the Melbourne Tempest out in an end last away from home.
Scraping into the finals characterized the Marauders this season, however bounty more should characterize the Eels in what is possibly the last season their prevalence window is open, with a large group of ability set to set out toward the takeoff doors toward the finish of the time and a lot of inquiries looming over the eventual fate of different stars in blue and gold.
The Eels actually have a lot of inquiries encompassing their degree of consistency, and it could again be what shapes this game.
At the point when the Eels are at their best, they are near superb. They have demonstrated it endlessly time again this season, being the main group to beat the Penrith Jaguars at the foot of the mountains in very nearly two full seasons, before likewise bringing down the Melbourne Tempest in a crunch installation late in the season.
However at that point they dished up a sad last part in the main week qualifying last guarantee they would need to do things the most difficult way possible by playing the Marauders last week.
Consistency in that game dropped off from the initial 40 minutes to the second 40 minutes, and on the off chance that the pattern of not having the option to string exhibitions – not to mention 80 minutes – together on the run go on for the blue and gold then they are just never going to get through for a prevalence to break a dry spell which haunts supporters.
On the opposite side of the coin, the ascent of the Cowboys this season has been fleeting.
Out of literally nothing, a group who were tipped for the scrapheap have ascended to the penthouse and presently are only 80 minutes from a grand final.
There is a long history in the NRL of the groups in the fundamental finals going into the fabulous last in the wake of having seven days off and holding facilitating privileges.
It doesn’t necessarily in every case occur, however it’s difficult to contend the week off to mend wounds and recuperate from a 93-minute long distance race in the passing last against the Cronulla Sharks won’t help Todd Payten’s side.
What is clear however is that they should be preferable over they were against the men dressed in dark, white and blue a fortnight prior.
Guard was basically non-existent. The familiar adage sounds valid encompassing protection winning finals, and in the principal week, that was valid in three out of four games.
Last weekend, it didn’t occur for the Eels, yet it’s very clear this will be a far nearer game, played in the Townsville intensity and stickiness with summer around the corner.
At the hour of composing, the temperature is supposed to top out at 30 degrees in Townsville on Friday, with a high humidity reading to boot.
It’s something most teams – Cowboys rejected – will not have encountered since the pre-season when they were preparing in the intensity, and keeping in mind that that temperature will decrease away a tad by start off, 25 degrees at 9pm is still on the estimate, meaning this could turn into a conflict of steady loss and the week off will prove valuable.
They’ve been wrong about me, haven’t they?? Defies those who knocked Buddy off
The eight-time Therabody AFL All-Australian has illuminated Great Last week by settling a one-year arrangement to play on at the Swans that will take his residency in the harbor city into a tenth year.
It closes a long time of hypothesis about his future and expands his unique nine-year bargain at the club, which when declared, provoked analysis in certain quarters for a really long time.
In having the option to see out the agreement and presently broaden it, Franklin said he’s delighted in having the option to ‘refute certain individuals’ yet conceded he verged on calling a finish to his unbelievable profession toward the finish of this season.
“[It was] 50-50 to tell the truth. Yet, as the year continued and I addressed individuals that I care about plainly I expected to go on. There’s clearly incomplete business. I feel like I’ve actually got somewhat more to give,” he said.
“I’m euphoric with this choice. It hasn’t been simple. I’ve been playing for a considerable length of time, it’s quite a while in the game. I have a youthful family now. It was a hard choice however my enthusiasm for the game, my adoration for the football club, my heart was still here.”
Sitting fifth on the unequaled goalkicking list with 1047, Franklin was likewise glad to return fire to the individuals who reprimanded the Swans’ call to sign him to a nine-year bargain from Hawthorn toward the finish of the 2013 season.
“Definitely there’s been a ton of knockers throughout the long term, haven’t there? A many individuals thumping that I wouldn’t arrive, I wouldn’t make it. That I’d play for four or five years and that would be it. I’ve certainly refuted them, haven’t I?”
As he plans for his 6th Toyota AFL Stupendous Last, Franklin said he decided to make the declaration now to take care of the hypothesis during a monstrous week for the club and make it ‘about the young men’, as opposed to his own future.
Furthermore, as he offers for a third prevalence in his vocation and first as a Swan, he expressed covering off the season with a banner would put an interjection blemish on those unique agreement pundits.
“It’d be great, it’d be great. Yet, being a troublesome job is going. Geelong have won 15 in succession and are in fabulous structure. We’re about to need to go there and do our absolute best with it and find out how we turn out,” he said.
“My principal center is this week, it’s why we play football, to play in Grand Finals.”
The four-time Coleman medalist said the steady conversation regarding his future, which included hypothesis that he would finish paperwork for Brisbane for a year, incurred significant damage on occasion during the season.
“That is the reason I put it aside and said I’d pursue my choice toward the end,” he said. “There’s such a lot of hypothesis and things that are placed out there that aren’t in my control. I’ve been in the game quite a while and comprehend that occurs and it’s essential for the game and that is an extraordinary side to it.
“But on the other hand there’s one more side to it, when you have a youthful family and there are choices that must be created it very well may disappoint on occasion.”
While next season is probably going to be his swansong, Franklin wouldn’t preclude one more agreement augmentation to play on in 2024 at 37 years old.
“As the year went on, I understood I’ve actually got enthusiasm to play and contend. At the point when that goes, I’ll wrap up. Ideally we can have this discussion one year from now,” he said.
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