This, from Suzy Wrack on the organisation that’s using football to open doors for thousands of girls in Kenya, is well worth your time:
Today’s game is being broadcast live on Twitter (@Lionesses). Seems a shame the world’s third-best side can’t get a slot on TV anywhere, but perhaps it’s the way forward.
While we await team news, here’s the squad Neville has selected for the two friendlies, with plenty of young players given a chance to make the World Cup cut. Manchester City midfielder Georgia Stanway and goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck got their first call-ups, alongside Brisbane Roar striker Chioma Ubogagu. Karen Carney and Mel Lawley have been drafted in after Fran Kirby and Keira Walsh pulled out with injuries.
Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Wolfsburg), Ellie Roebuck (Man City), Carly Telford (Chelsea).
Defenders: Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Gabby George (Everton), Alex Greenwood (Man Utd), Steph Houghton (Man City), Abbie McManus (Man City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Lyon), Karen Carney (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Man City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Melissa Lawley (Man City).
Forwards: Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Man City), Chioma Ubogagu (Brisbane Roar, loan from Orlando Pride).
Remember that long, hot summer about a hundred years ago, when It was Coming Home? Well, I know that was then – but it could be again. England’s women’s side will go to France next year hoping to at least match the men’s efforts in Russia – and their own in Canada, back in 2015.
Phil Neville’s side are ranked third in the world, and should be bona fide contenders – although momentum is proving tricky to muster, with an impressive win over Brazil cancelled out by a draw with an underpowered Australia side in their last pair of friendlies.
They take on Sweden in a sellout at Rotherham on Sunday, but first up, it’s a trip to Vienna to face Austria. Today’s hosts aren’t World Cup bound, but they were a penalty shootout away from the Euro ‘17 final, ultimately joining England as losing semi-finalists.
Barcelona forward Toni Duggan will captain the team for the first time today, in the absence of Steph Houghton, whose 100th cap will wait until Sunday. Kick-off at the BSFZ Arena is 5pm, GMT.