THE Lionesses are ready to roar again as the Women’s World Cup kicks off Down Under.
England’s footballing queens of Europe begin their bid to become world champions with a Group D match against Haiti at 10.30am on Saturday.
GettyManchester City striker Chloe Kelly and teammate Alex Greenwood are gunning for glory Down Under[/caption]
GettyLauren James and Lucy Bronze also got in on the photoshoot fun[/caption]
GettyMillie Bright, pictured alongside Rachel Daly, takes the captain’s armband from injured Leah Williamson[/caption]
Manager Sarina Wiegman’s squad also face first-round clashes with China and Denmark.
Millie Bright takes the captain’s armband from injured Leah Williamson.
Bright was pictured making peace signs alongside left-back Rachel Daly.
Bronze has said the team feels empowered to improve standards in the women’s game after a bust-up with the FA over performance-related pay.
A letter signed by all 24 members of the squad said: “We are disappointed that a resolution has still not been achieved.
“We view the successful conclusions of these discussions, through player input and a transparent long-term plan, as key for the growth of women’s football in England.”
GettyKeeper Hannah Hampton showed why she is a safe pair of hands in goal[/caption]
GettyManager Sarina Wiegman’s squad face first-round clashes with Haiti, China and Denmark[/caption]
HERE FOR OUR GIRLS
FOOTIE superfan Andy Milne has arrived in Australia for his first Women’s World Cup.
The retired teacher — a dead ringer for ex-Three Lions boss Steve McLaren — claims to have attended every men’s World Cup since he was 19, and is now looking forward to his first women’s tournament.
Andy, from Northwich, Cheshire, joined supporters for selfies near Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Speaking ahead of kick-off, he said: “Football is coming home.”