England v Spain LIVE commentary: Lionesses eye glory in Women’s World Cup final – UK kick-off time, team news and how to follow


The final of the 2023 Women’s World Cup is coming up this weekend and England are eyeing glory down under.

England have never lifted the World Cup but they have the chance to change that this Sunday.

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England are eyeing glory at the World Cup
Wiegman's England face Spain in the World Cup final

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Wiegman’s England face Spain in the World Cup final

Sarina Wiegman’s side were superb on Wednesday, beating co-hosts Australia 3-1 to clinch their place in the final.

Spain now await the Lionesses after they beat Sweden 2-1 in their semi.

England have enjoyed an incredible few years, winning Euro 2022 and the Finalissima.

They now have the chance to make more history and claim the ultimate prize in football.

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England v Spain: talkSPORT coverage

The World Cup final will take place on Sunday, August 20.

It is being held at Stadium Australia in Sydney and will kick off at 8pm, which is 11am UK time.

talkSPORT will have live coverage of the final.

Commentary will come from Joe Shennan, Lianne Sanderson and Lionesses reporter Courtney Sweetman-Kirk.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

The final will also be shown on both BBC One and ITV1.

England will be bidding to lift the famous trophy

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England will be bidding to lift the famous trophyCredit: AFP

Women’s World Cup on talkSPORT

Listen to live commentary of the 2023 Women’s World Cup on talkSPORT, with every England game live across our network.

And you can follow all the World Cup results, keep up-to-date with the latest fixtures and see the group standings in our new match centre HERE.

England v Spain: Routes to the final

England

  • Group stage: England 1-0 Haiti
  • Group stage: England 1-0 Zambia
  • Group stage: China 1-6 England
  • Round of 16: England 0-0 Nigeria (4-2 pens)
  • Quarter-finals: England 2-1 Colombia
  • Semi-finals: Australia 1-3 England

Spain

  • Group stage:  Spain 3-0 Costa Rica
  • Group stage: Spain 5-0 Zambia
  • Group stage: Japan 4-0 Spain
  • Round of 16: Switzerland 1-5 Spain
  • Quarter-finals: Spain 2-1 Netherlands
  • Semi-finals: Spain 2-1 Sweden

England v Spain: Team news

England will be able to welcome back Lauren James following her suspension earlier in the tournament.

The Lionesses have no new injury concerns so Wiegman must decide whether to start the likes of Ella Toone and Lauren Hemp or bring James back in.

Millie Bright, Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh have been carrying knocks recently but should all be fit to start.

England

  • Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Chelsea), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)
  • Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
  • Midfielders: Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
  • Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Bethany England (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp, (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessia Russo (Arsenal)

Spain

  • Goalkeepers: Cata Coll (Barcelona), Misa Rodriguez (Real Madrid), Enith Salon (Valencia)
  • Defenders: Ivana Andres (Real Madrid), Ona Batlle (Barcelona), Olga Carmona (Real Madrid), Laia Codina (Barcelona), Rocio Galvez (Real Madrid), Oihane Hernandez (Athletic Club), Irene Paredes (Barcelona)
  • Midfielders: Teresa Abelleira (Real Madrid), Aitana Bonmati (Barceona), Irene Guerrero (Atletico Madrid), Jennifer Hermoso (Pachuca), Maria Perez (Barcelona), Alexia Putellas (Barcelona), Claudia Zornoza (Real Madrid)
  • Forwards: Mariona Caldentey (Barcelona), Marta Cardona (Atletico Madrid), Athenea del Castillo (Real Madrid), Esther Gonzalez (Real Madrid), Eva Navarro (Atletico Madrid), Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona)
England duo Russo and Hemp have been superb this summer

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England duo Russo and Hemp have been superb this summer
Spain will be out to end England's dreams

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Spain will be out to end England’s dreamsCredit: Rex

England v Spain: What has been said?

On reaching the final, Wiegman said: “We achieved the final and it’s unbelievable, it feels like we’ve won it.

“But we won this game, it’s an incredible stadium, an away game, of course it was a hard game but again we found a way to win.

“We scored three goals, in this team that ruthlessness, whether it’s up front or in defence we really want to keep the ball out of the net, we really want to win and we stick together. We stick to the plan and it worked again.

“The chance as a coach you make it to two finals is really special, I never take anything for granted but I’m like – am I in a fairytale or something?”

Bronze added: “This is the one thing I’ve always wanted, to be in the final of a World Cup and after two times of getting such disappointment, I honestly can’t believe it.

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“We all dreamed of being in the final and all our family and friends booked here to stay until the final because they believed in us. To have everybody here and all that support is unbelievable.

“It’s been amazing to play against Australia, what a fantastic tournament they had, but I’m so happy to get to the final.”

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