England Women Start World Cup Bid

Last updated : 10 September 2021 By Three Lions

Although the main objective of her new role is to win next year's European Championships on home soil, new England manager Sarina Wiegman's first objective is to put her side on the way to World Cup qualification for the 2023 tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

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Competitive action begins on Friday 17 September with a home tie against North Macedonia and Wiegman is excited about the task ahead.

Speaking to the press after naming her first squad, the Dutchwoman said: "It's such a big country - a big football country - with huge history, great competition, great potential of players and they are always in the top of the rankings."

With the new Women's Super League season underway, Wiegman is without Lucy Bronze through injury but can call on familiar names such as Millie Bright, Jill Scott, Fran Kirby and Ellen White.

In a recently announced deal, ITV will now show England Women's Senior qualifiers and friendlies, starting with the games against North Macedonia in Southampton and the away game in Luxembourg.

Tickets for the tie at St Mary's and the October qualifier against Northern Ireland at Wembley are on sale now from the FA Ticketing page.