England: The selection dilemmas facing Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman ahead of Women's World Cup 2023

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2023-05-30 12:03:00  • 7 mins

Sarina Wiegman has several options to ponder before she picks the 23 who will attempt to back up last summer's Euros triumph with global glory - so where do the key decisions lie?

There's always one in-form striker knocking down the door ahead of a big squad announcement and this year's player is Bethany England.

Twelve goals in as many Women's Super League games to keep Tottenham in the top flight - form doesn't get much better than that.

But England hasn't played for her country since September when she scored twice against Luxembourg.

Alessia Russo and Rachel Daly are fighting it out for the No 9 jersey with Lauren Hemp lined up to be the third-choice striker but can you have too many goalscorers?

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As far as I'm concerned England should be a shoo-in. It's in the name.

It's clear she has the desire to represent her country again - the move from high-flying Chelsea to struggling Spurs in January was evidence of such inclination.

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England does not necessarily start - based on the Sarina Wiegman's style, Russo and Daly are better equipped - but tournament football requires plans A, B and sometimes C.

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