Preview for the Women's World Cup: England and Scotland can be drawn together? - BBC Sport

England and Scotland ended up at the top of their European qualifiers to reach the final stage of the World Cup
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England and Scotland will discover their opponents of the 2019 Women's World Cup when the draw will take place in Paris on Saturday.

Both nations have finished their qualifying rounds and will join 22 other nations in the next World Cup in France.

For the draw, the teams will be divided into six groups of four by four plates based on the FIFA world rankings.

And England and Scotland could potentially be designed in the same group.

The draw is live on BBC Two and on the BBC Sport website at 5:00 pm GMT on Saturday.

The World Cup kicks off on June 7, 2019 in Paris, with the final in Lyon a month later.

French World Cup holder Didier Deschamps, former Brazil Kakà midfielder, former Manchester United striker Louis Saha and former British female player Alex Scott are among the protagonists of the draw.

It will take place in Boulogne-Billancourt in the artistic center of the Seine Musicale.

How did England qualify?

England were unbeaten in qualifying for the World Cup when they ended up at the top of the group

Phil Neville's team qualified for a game after beating Wales 3-0 in Newport in August, before closing the campaign with a 6-0 blow from Kazakhstan.

They closed at the top of the Group 1 – five points higher than Wales in second place – and they were unbeaten, but lost points in a goalless draw with the Welsh in March.

Since then, the Lionesses have won friendly matches against Brazil and Austria, but they drew 1-1 with Australia and suffered a disappointing defeat by Sweden in November.

How did Scotland qualify?

Scotland came in front of the group after winning the last match in qualifying

Scotland will take part in its first World Cup after qualifying for a 2-1 victory over Albania in September.

And it was a dramatic end to the qualifying campaign, as Shelley Kerr's team had to improve Switzerland's result against Poland to make sure they did it.

That match ended in scoreless squads, which meant that Scotland moved over Switzerland to finish in front of the group after losing only once.

Analysis of former Scottish striker Julie Fleeting:

"It's absolutely enormous: making history, with these players taking us to the finals of the World Cup after such an incredible campaign, it's wonderful for the national team and for women's and women's football in general.

"Shelley [Kerr] had taken over a fantastic team of players from the predecessor Anna Signeul. He put his stamp on the team, changed the style of play and introduced some young and exciting players.

"The players respond so well to their coaching and you can see everything that asks them, that they can perform in the field".

Who can draw?

The United States won the World Cup for the third time in 2015 with a 5-2 victory over Japan in the final

England is in the number one pot and Scotland in the three pot. A team from each of the four plates will be drawn from the hat, but only one country of each confederation may be in the same group, apart from Europe.

For example, England may be deployed alongside another European team, but only from a part of Africa, Asia, North, Central America and the Caribbean, Oceania and South America. The same is true for Scotland.

It means that both nations could be drawn in the same group.

England's wing Karen Carney told BBC Radio 5 live that she hopes to avoid their rivals.

"They will be much better than the Euro, they are organized, more fit and they will return their strong players," he said.

"I do not want them, it's nice to have the rivalry but you want to win the group, have a lot of fans coming and the rivalry can be a leveler".

Pot numbers Countries in every dish
Pot 1 England, France, United States, Canada, Germany, Australia
Pot 2 Japan, Brazil, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Spain
Pot 3 South Korea, China, Italy, Scotland, New Zealand, Thailand
Pot 4 Argentina, Nigeria, Chile, Jamaica, Cameroon, South Africa

Three times champions The United States is the defending champions and they are the only country to win the World Cup more than twice. In addition, they are at the top of the world rankings, so the favorites are to win the competition again. I'm in Pot One, which means England can not draw them, but Scotland can.

Second-placed Germany won consecutive titles in 2003 and 2007, but was beaten by England for the first time in 31 years in the third quarter of the play-offs in 2015. They can not be drawn with the Lionesses, but could to be in The group of Scotland.

The hosts of France are also potential opponents for Scotland, while the runners-up for Japan are in second place and could be drawn both from England and Scotland.

South Africa and Chile are both making their World Cup debut.

Where is the World Cup played?

France will host the Women's World Cup for the first time in the eighth edition of the competition.

The inaugural match will start in Paris on 7 June 2019 and the semi-finals will take place in Lyon on 2 and 3 July. The final will also be held in the eastern French city on 7 July.

There are nine host cities in total, including Grenoble, Le Havre, Montpellier, Nice, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes.

France is the third country in Europe to host the World Cup after Sweden in 1995 and Germany in 2011.

The host nation, which currently ranks fourth in the world after having been surpassed by England in third place at the beginning of this year, has obtained automatic qualification for the finals.

The Stade de Lyon will host the semi-finals and the final of the Women's World Cup in France

& # 39; Netherlands team to be avoided for England & # 39;

Simon Gleave, sports analysis manager, Gracenote:

"The Dutch champions of the Netherlands are clearly the team to avoid in the England draw, although the 2011 World Cup winners and the 2015 finalists in Japan are not far behind the Dutch.

"Although Thailand is on track, it still looks a little weaker than the team closest to them in Pot Tre, Scotland, which is 20th in the FIFA world rankings compared to Thailand in the 29th.

"With only eight teams coming out at the end of the group stage, England have a good chance of going into the second round, but this is a very competitive World Cup with at least 10 teams having a serious chance of reaching the semi-finals. The knockout part of the draw is probably crucial in deciding the chances of the teams going deep into the competition. "

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