She Believes Cup – England v Germany
The 2016 She Believes Cup will take place from 3-9th March in the USA with four teams invited to take part – England, Germany, France and the USA. All four teams are ranked in the top 5 in the world, which should make for a thrilling tournament; England lag behind in 5th place, which may mean they have to work that bit harder. The cup follows a traditional tournament format, with group stages to start and places decided on total points won. For England this is the big tournament of the year and will be very important in their Euro 2017 preparations. As they will not be at the World Cup, they have everything to play for in this tournament, and will no doubt put everything they have into this.
The teams have published their player lists for the games, although there are some places left to fill. England have announced 19 of their 23 players, with the remainder to be announced imminently. Players included in the England squad include Fara Williams who had an excellent World Cup, and Lucy Bronze who scored the winner against Canada in the quarter final World Cup match. So far England have picked a strong and reliable squad, opting for the sensible option.
Germany have an impressive manager to start, having taken Germany to the World Cup title in 2007. Despite several injuries and general setbacks within the team, they seem to have responded well to the changes and are looking good as a team. Heading up the German team is Anje Mittag, who has an excellent scoring record, scoring 39 goals in 132 caps. Germany’s attack side seems to be particularly strong of late, and will be a hard team to defend.
So, England v Germany will be an interesting game. Both teams are in good form and will face each other for the first time in the tournament on 6th March in Tennessee. With England playing well and the players scoring goals, they will be a force to be reckoned with. However, Germany has an excellent team who have really gelled together and despite the recent changes, are looking fairly strong. England will have to work hard to effectively defend against the German attack, which may prove a little too much for England. Both England and Germany are looking forward to the match, and are obviously hoping for those much needed three points.
As for who will win, it is likely to be a close run contest. So you will have to wait and see.