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Preview: Fran Kirby and England ready for the World Cup

5 June 2015

The Canada-hosted showpiece kicks off on Saturday

Mark Sampson’s England squad will be taking part in the seventh FIFA Woman’s World Cup, with host nation Canada instigating procedures with their fixture against China PR on Saturday 6th July..

England find themselves located in Group F. Alongside them is France, who came fourth place in the 2011 WWC held in Germany. Columbia, who will be making only their second appearance in the finals since their debut in the tournament four years ago. Lastly Mexico, who qualified courtesy of finishing third place in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.  

Reading striker Fran Kirby and the rest of the Lionesses will have to wait until Tuesday 9th June for their World Cup to get underway against Philippe Bergeron’s French side, kick-off is at 14:00 local time.

Four days later at the same venue, the Three Lions will face Mexico at the Moncton Stadium and kick-off is slightly later, at 17:00 local time. For Mexico it will be their third appearance in the finals, reaching as far as the First Round last time out.

England’s Group Stage fixtures will be brought to an end when they face Columbia on  Wednesday 17th June. Kick-off 16:00 local time.

Depending on how results go, if they manage to top their Group then the Runners-Up of Group E await the Lionesses. A second place finish would mean playing against the Runners-Up in Group B.

Since the tournament was expanded by eight teams this year, the other way that Reading striker Kirby and England could qualify for the latter stages of the competition is if the team finish as one of the four top placed third teams across the six groups.

Having reached the Quarter Finals in the 2011 WWC in Germany, Sampson will be hoping his England side can go one better and even be challenging to lift the trophy come the Final, which will take place on Sunday 5th July.

Kirby’s eye for goal could prove vital in England’s road to World Cup glory, and you can keep up to date with their progression through the tournament as all the games will be broadcast for the first time in full, either on BBC TWO, Three, or via the red button.    

There will also be a daily catch-up programme on the iPlayer as well as live text commentary from every England match and other selected games.

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