Northern Ireland v England, head to head
- Northern Ireland look to make history against England on the final day of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 Group A, with the Lions having the upper hand in previous meetings between the two teams.
- Beating Norway (1-4) and Austria (0-2), Northern Ireland could no longer reach the quarter-finals, while England dominated Austria (1-0) and thrashed Norway 8-all to confirm top spot in the group. 0, thus setting a new record for the biggest win in the final stage.
- The two nations will meet for the third time in a year as part of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifiers.
- England’s 5–0 victory in front of 15,348 in Belfast on 12 April – a record attendance for an international match in Northern Ireland – saw the Lions advance to Group D and end the hosts’ hopes of competing in the 2023 tournament in Australia and New Zealand. . Lauren Hemp scored in each half. Ella Toon and Georgia Stanway also scored after the break.
- The Lions won 4–0 at Wembley Stadium on 23 October, thanks to four second-half goals, including a hat-trick from substitute Beth Mead. Substitute Bethany England scored the other goal.
- The teams, who also met in a friendly at Burton-on-Trent in February 2021, are playing each other for the fourth time in 17 months.
- England won 6–0 under interim manager Hege Rice thanks to a hat-trick from Ellen White and further goals from Lucy Bronze and Rachel Daly before Ella Toon’s penalty in the 75th.E minutes
- The Lions have scored 15 goals in their last three meetings with Northern Ireland.
- England have not conceded in their last seven matches against the Green and White Army since winning 8-1 in a Euro 1987 qualifier in Antrim in May 1985.
- Northern Ireland reached their first major tournament in April 2021 with a 4–1 play-off win over Ukraine (2–1, 2–0), finishing second in their group behind Norway due to their better record against Wales.
- England are hoping to become the third country to win the Euros on home soil since the group stage was introduced in 1997, following Germany (2001) and most recently Zarina Wiegmann’s Netherlands.
- The Lions, who were knocked out by Wiegmann’s Netherlands in the last four of Euro 2017, reached the knockout stages for the third time in their last six Euro matches. In 2005, the hosts lost in the group stage.
Players to follow
Northern Ireland: Jackie Burns
- The 25-year-old has featured in every minute of Northern Ireland’s 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign, the only one to do so.
- The keeper made his international debut at the age of 16 in a friendly against the Netherlands in July 2013.
- Burns joined Swedish club BK Hakan from Glentoran in March this year and has worked in the US university system and Iceland with ÍBV Vestmannaejar.
- She helped Glentoran win the 2020 Women’s Premiership title before returning to America next season to continue her education.
England: Lauren Hemp
- He ended the 2021/22 season as Manchester City’s top scorer with 21 goals in all competitions.
- The 21-year-old scored twice in the win over Northern Ireland on April 12, taking her tally to six in the 2023 World Cup qualifying campaign. Over Latvia on November 30th.
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