England vs Scotland, Women's World Cup 2019: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

England vs Scotland, the opening game for each team in the 2019 Women's World Cup.

When is it?

Sunday June 9 - ie today.

What time is kick-off?

It's a 5pm BST start in Nice.

What TV channel is it on?

You can watch this one on BBC One and BBC Alba. Alternatively, follow the game right here with in-game analysis.

What is the team news?


Phil Neville said he hoped Barcelona striker Toni Duggan and Manchester City defender Demi Stokes will be fit for the game despite struggling with minor knocks in the build-up.

Neville said: "They are two experienced players that are desperate to be involved in the first game of the World Cup.

"You think about the four years you've dreamed about this moment and they're not going to give up the opportunity to play in a World Cup, so I'm confident they will both be able to play."

Goalkeepers: Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Mary Earps (Wolfsburg), Carly Telford (Chelsea)

Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester United), Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Abbie McManus (Manchester City), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Karen Carney (Chelsea), Jade Moore (Reading), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Keira Walsh (Manchester City)

Forwards: Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Jodie Taylor (Seattle Reign), Ellen White (Birmingham City)


Shelley Kerr, who will be able to pick from a fully fit squad, is adamant she expects more from her Scotland side despite their achievement in qualifying for the first time.

She added: "The whole country has been captivated by our achievements in reaching the World Cup but we don't want to stop there.

"I've been honest about our target which is to get out of the group stages. As much as it's going to be difficult, that's certainly our target.

"I think there's a real trust, belief and confidence in this group. We've had to face a lot of challenges and that will stand the group in good stead."

Goalkeepers: Lee Alexander (Glasgow City), Jenna Fife (Hibernian), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjö GIK) 

Defenders: Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City), Jennifer Beattie (Manchester City), Rachel Corsie (Utah Royals), Nicola Docherty (Glasgow City), Sophie Howard (Reading), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Joelle Murray (Hibernian), Kirsty Smith (Manchester Utd)

Midfielders: Lizzie Arnot (Manchester Utd), Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City),  Kim Little (Arsenal), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Liverpool), Caroline Weir (Manchester City)

Forwards: Fiona Brown (FC Rosengård), Lana Clelland (Fiorentina), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea), Claire Emslie (Manchester City), Lisa Evans (Arsenal), Jane Ross (West Ham United)

What are they saying?

Phil Neville, England coach

"We know tomorrow we are probably the favourites for the game because of our world ranking, but we also know and have huge respect for the opposition.

"We've watched a lot of them, I've watched a lot of their individuals play, I'm a big admirer of their manager (Shelley Kerr).

"Probably, if you are thinking about our games in the group stages, this is our toughest game by far. I think Scotland can go a long way in the competition with the quality they have got."

Shelley Kerr, Scotland coach

"It's our first World Cup. Our journey so far has been fantastic and we're playing against a formidable England team who are ranked third in the world.

"Phil Neville (the England manager) - apparently the reason he took the job was to win the World Cup.

"It's going to be a tough task for us but it's one we're really looking forward to.

"I think there's no doubt that there's certainly more pressure on England than there is on Scotland.

"However, the pressure we have will be the pressure the players put themselves under.

"In terms of end results, of course we're hoping to win the game. I think any footballer and any coach, you go into every game hoping to win it.

"It's going to be a tough, tough match for us. But we are certainly looking to get a good result."

What are the odds?

  • England - 2/7
  • Scotland - 15/2
  • Draw - 19/4

What's our prediction?

England to start their tournament with a relatively comfortable win. England 2 Scotland 0.