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City at the Women’s World Cup

GOAL: Jill Scott celebrates scoring in World Cup warm-up game against Denmark.

GOAL: Jill Scott celebrates scoring in World Cup warm-up game against Denmark.

A host of Manchester City players will feature at the 2019 Women’s World Cup this summer.

Ten of Nick Cushing’s squad have been selected by their country for the tournament, which begins in France on Friday 7 June and ends a month later.

Here’s everything you need to know so you can follow our representatives’ involvement…

Who’s been called up?

Seven City players made it into Phil Neville’s England squad.

It will be Jill Scott’s fourth World Cup and a third for stalwarts Karen Bardsley and Steph Houghton, while Georgia Stanway, Demi Stokes and Keira Walsh are in line to make their tournament debuts.

Ellen White, who officially joins the Club on 1 July, is the other player to receive a call-up.

Scotland, who are heading to their first ever World Cup, have Jen Beattie and Caroline Weir in their ranks, while Canada have selected striker, Janine Beckie.

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Who are the opposition?

The tournament begins with six groups of four when City’s British contingent will go head to head.

England and Scotland have been drawn alongside each other in Group D, which also contains Argentina and Japan.

Beckie’s Canada will face Cameroon, the Netherlands and New Zealand in Group E.

When and where are the games?

The Lionesses' tournament begins against Scotland in Nice at 5pm* on 9 June.

They then travel to Le Havre to face Argentina at 8pm on 14 June, before returning to Nice for the final group stage game against Japan at 8pm on 19 June.

Scotland move to Rennes for their game against Japan, which kicks-off at 2pm on 14 June, whilst their group matches finish five days later in Paris, with kick-off at 8pm for their contest with Argentina.

Canada begin against Cameroon in Montpellier, with an 8pm kick-off on 10 June.

Grenoble is the venue for their second fixture with New Zealand, which kicks-off at 8pm on 15 June and their group stage concludes against the Netherlands in Reims.

That game gets under way at 5pm on 20 June.

The semi-finals and final will both be held at the 59, 816 capacity Groupama Stadium in Lyon.

*All kick-off times are in British Summer Time (BST).

How can I watch on TV?

In the UK, BBC will provide live coverage of every game in the tournament across TV, radio, the Red Button and online.

All three of England’s group stage games will be broadcast on BBC One, as will Scotland’s game against Japan, with their final match against Argentina on BBC Four.

Canada’s opening two games will both be available on the Red Button, whilst their last match of the group stage will be covered online only.

What’s the tournament format?

The top two teams from each of the six groups will automatically qualify for the knockout stages, whilst the four best third-placed teams will also advance to the last 16.

Should England or Scotland top Group D and Canada qualify as the one of the best third-placed teams from Group E, Beckie could face her City team-mates in the last 16.

Similarly, if Canada win their group, and England or Scotland finish second in theirs, our players would again meet in the knockout stage.

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Will VAR be used?

Yes, this will be the first Women's World Cup in which the technology is used.

What are the City players’ chances?

England have been installed as one of the pre-tournament favourites.

They finished third in 2015 and beat Brazil, Japan and the United States to win their first SheBelieves Cup in February.

Currently ranked third in the world, they suffered defeat at the hands of Canada last month, but have bounced back to beat Spain and Denmark.

Scotland, 20th in the world rankings, finished fifth in the Algarve Cup earlier this year before recording a memorable victory over Brazil.

Manager, Shelley Kerr insists their initial focus remains on qualifying from the group stage.

Canada were quarter-finalists in 2015 and finished third at the Algarve Cup.

They have beaten both England and Scotland this year and are unbeaten in their last nine matches, conceding just one goal in the process.

What else should I look out for?

Demi Stokes needs one appearance to bring up a half century for the Lionesses, while elsewhere several former City players will be participating in the tournament.

Jane Ross is included in the Scotland squad, Kosovare Asllani travels with Sweden and Carli Lloyd will wear the number ten shirt for the United States.

France 2019 is expected to be the 2016 FA Cup winner’s last major tournament.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Christine Sinclair has 181 goals to her name and needs just four more to break Abby Wambach’s world record.

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