England host Northern Ireland in a historic fixture at Wembley Stadium this afternoon in World Cup qualifying.
It’s the first time the Lionesses have played a competitive fixture at the national stadium since it was reopened in 2007, having previously played two friendly matches against Germany in 2009 and 2014.
Sarina Wiegman’s side opened their 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign with comprehensive victories over North Macedonia and Luxembourg last time out, with England scoring 18 goals across the two matches without conceding.
Northern Ireland have also made a perfect start to Group D and are fresh off their historic qualification to Euro 2022 next summer, which saw Kenny Shiels’ team reach a major tournament for the first time thanks to their playoff win over Ukraine in April.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match today.
When is England vs Northern Ireland?
How can I watch it?
It will be shown live on ITV 1, with coverage starting from 4:30pm. The match will also be streamed live on the ITV Hub.
What is the team news?
England are without the injured Manchester City trio of captain Steph Houghton, right back Lucy Bronze and goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck, but Keira Walsh has returned to the squad after missing September’s matches.
Manchester United’s Katie Zelem and Alessia Russo and Aston Villa goalkeeper Hannah Hampton could make their England debuts, but Sarina Wiegman is expected to name a strong side and is unlikely to make too many changes from her September line-ups.
Leah Williamson is expected to continue to captain the side in Houghton’s absence and resume her midfield role, despite playing in defence for Arsenal this season.
Northern Ireland have been hit with a double blow as both of their Women’s Super League players have been ruled out of the Wembley contest. Everton striker Simone Magill is unavailable due to a personal issue while defender Rebecca Holloway is considered a major injury doubt.
England: Earps; Daly, Bright, Greenwood, Stokes; Toone, Williamson, Kirby; Hemp, White, Mead
Northern Ireland: Burns; McKenna, Nelson, McFadden, Vance; McCarron, Furness, Callaghan, McGuiness; Wade, Wilson
Northern Ireland: 18/1
These two sides met in February, prior to the World Cup qualification draw, with England running out 6-0 winners at St George’s Park. In front of a Wembley crowd, it could be a similar story this time. England 5-0 Northern Ireland