The Lionesses are back in action one month after their heartbreaking defeat in the World Cup final — and they've got a point to prove.
Since the World Cup final, it has been easy to wonder what might have happened had England's performance in the final matched their performances in the rest of the tournament.
If only England had won the World Cup...the Lionesses would have had their '66 moment, the country would have rejoiced as football finally came home — perhaps Rishi Sunak would have announced a national bank holiday.
But there is another side to that, of course.
If England had won the World Cup, the issues that led 15 members of Spain's national team to boycott the squad even before the World Cup began — issues that affect so many in the world of women's football — might never have been taken seriously.
Lionesses captain Millie Bright recently expressed her wholehearted support for the Spanish team that had beaten them in the final.
She said: «They have just achieved the biggest prize in football and it is fair to say that all of that has been overshadowed.
»So we stand in solidarity with the players and hope that everything is now in a better place for them moving forward."
The Lionesses may have lost the World Cup — but it is impossible to say yet just how much women's football has gained from this tournament.
Since the moment when Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales grabbed and kissed Jenni Hermoso, the federation has been under pressure to act.
Rubiales eventually resigned, while coach Jorge Vilda and general secretary Andreu Camps were sacked.
On September 20, the federation apologised to Hermoso and the other players for failing to foster 'a climate of trust' in the international camp.
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