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England v Scotland match possible at Women’s World Cup

England v Scotland match possible at Women’s World Cup
By PA Sport

07/12/2018 at 13:59Updated 07/12/2018 at 15:12

The Lionesses finished third at the last World Cup in 2015.

England will be among the top seeds for the 2019 Women’s World Cup draw on Saturday and could face Scotland.

The 24 teams were split into four pots on Friday, with the latest FIFA world rankings determining their seedings.

England, who finished third at the previous tournament in Canada in 2015, have slipped one place in the rankings to fourth.

But Phil Neville’s Lionesses will join World Cup holders and three-time winners the United States, hosts France plus Germany, Canada and Australia in Pot 1.

Holland, the biggest climbers inside the top 20 in jumping three spots to seven, are in the second pot alongside 2015 runners-up Japan, plus Brazil, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

Scotland, ranked 20th, have qualified for their first World Cup and are in Pot 3 with China, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand.

The two British nations could be pitted together when the draw is made in Paris on Saturday at 5pm UK time.

Apart from UEFA, the six groups of four will contain no more than one team from each confederation.

Europe has nine representatives, and all groups will have a minimum of one and maximum of two European teams.

The tournament kicks off in Paris on June 7 and Lyon will host the final on July 7.

England’s preparations will include taking part at the SheBelieves Cup for the fourth successive year.

The round-robin competition will see England play Brazil, Japan and hosts the United States in late February and early March.