England boss Sarina Wiegman faces a tough decision in setting up her side to face Scotland.
Four months on from missing out on World Cup glory, England face their biggest challenge yet. With a place in the Nations League finals and therefore the 2024 Olympics on the line, the Lionesses must start and finish the game in full force.
England earned an emphatic comeback win against the Netherlands on Friday at Wembley. After Lineth Beerensteyn netted twice in the first half, the Lionesses rebounded to put three past the visitors and keep their hopes of qualifying for Paris 2024 alive. Their result was helped by Belgium dropping points to Scotland in a 1-1 draw.
The Netherlands and England are level on points and with head-to-head cancelled out, but the Dutch remain at the top of the table on goal difference, with their +4 trumping the Lionesses' +1.
England must beat Scotland by three goals to overturn their deficit assuming the Netherlands beat Belgium in their last fixture. If the Netherlands drop points, England will top the group if they do defeat Scotland no matter by how many goals. Conversely, they could thrash their oldest rivals and it might not even matter.
With so much on the line, Wiegman faces questions as to how best to set up against in every area on the pitch.
Beth Mead finally made he England return on Friday and her introduction at half-time injected impetus into the Lionesses. Similar to how she inspired a comeback for Arsenal to beat Aston Villa at the start of the WSL season, Mead lifted the Lionesses and was instrumental in orchestrating their three-goal comeback.
England need to score early and maintain their dominance from the off to beat Scotland by at least three goals — Wiegman said pre-match she hopesRead on 90min.com