The USA and England will meet for the first time since their epic FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 semi-final this evening when the pair face-off at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando.
The Lionesses were defeated 2-1 by the USA in France in-front of over 53,000 fans at the Stade de Lyon.
England will be looking to replicate the performances which saw them lift the SheBelieves Cup 12 months ago. Phil Neville’s side defeated Brazil and Japan and they collected a point from the USA as they went on to secure their first SheBelieves title.
The Lionesses boss Neville has some difficult decisions to make ahead of the tournament opener against the hosts. The former Manchester United and Everton defender must choose whether to go with the tried and tested Carly Telford in goal or select highly-rated youngster Ellie Roebuck who is just coming back from injury. Inconsistent selections in defence have arguably cost England of late with Neville struggling to decide on a permanent centre-back partnership while a lack of midfield options could see attacking players deployed out wide against the world champions.
The biggest decision facing Neville is who to operate in attack. It is unknown whether the England boss will start with FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 joint-top scorer Ellen White or if Chelsea’s Beth England, arguably the top striker in the FA Women’s Super League, will play a part from the off.
The opening fixture of the 2020 SheBelieves Cup will kick-off at midnight and will be screened live on BBC Two, BBC Four and the BBC iPlayer.