Preview: England to face Australia for first time since 2018

A split image of Australia's Sam Kerr and England's Leah Williamson

England will hope to continue their winning run against Australia this evening in their upcoming Alzheimer’s Society international friendly.

Following their historic Finalissima victory over Brazil, the Lionesses will take on the 2023 World Cup hosts. These two sides have not played each other since a 1-1 result at Craven Cottage 2018.

Although, many of the England squad did face the Matildas during the 2020 Olympics, when Team GB were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Australia.

England are currently unbeaten in 30 games, remaining undefeated under Sarina Wiegman. Australia faced a slim 1-0 defeat to Scotland, a loss that put an end to a winning streak lasting more than six months. 

With the World Cup looming just months away, tonight’s match will offer both sides a challenge and a chance to size up one of their major opponents ahead of the summer. 

England vs Australia — Lineups


Earps; Bronze, Carter, Walsh, Williamson, Morgan, Kelly, Stanway, Russo, Toone, Hemp.


Arnold; Polkinghorne, Fowler, Yallop, Raso, Gorry, Kerr, Carpenter, Grant, Cooney-Cross, Hunt.

FIFA Rankings

England are currently ranked fourth by FIFA, sitting just nine points behind Sweden. The Lionesses are undefeated in two years and are yet to suffer a loss in the Wiegman era.

Australia round out the top ten with the Matildas ranked just behind England’s most recent opponent Brazil.

Ones to watch

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Manchester City’s Lauren Hemp could prove to be a real thorn in the Australian national team’s side. The winger’s speed and eye for a goal saw the 22-year-old provide a tough challenge for Brazil in the Finalissima.

With Hemp being widely recognised as one of the fastest players in the Women’s Super League, can the forward find a way through a robust Australian defence?

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For the Matildas, Clare Polkinghorne has been a prominent figure for more than 15 years. Scoring against Spain back in February, the defender could prove a key asset as Australia look to break down a high-flying England squad.

With more than 150 appearances for her national side, the centre-back will no doubt provide a calm, experienced presence for her team as they prepare for a home World Cup. 

How to watch

You can stream the friendly between England and Australia live in the UK via ITVX.

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