Sarina Wiegman wins World Cup tussle with clubs over England players release
Englands preparations for the Womens World Cup received a boost on Friday when the Football Association won its tussle with clubs over the date on which players will be released to start preparations. The squad, with the possible exception of Bayern Munichs Georgia Stanway, have been cleared to begin training on 19 June in line with Sarina Wiegmans wishes.
The clubs had been pushing for Englands manager to respect a deal the European Club Association reached with Fifa for a release timeframe of 23-29 June. But it has been confirmed that all the players at WSL clubs and Barcelonas Lucy Bronze will be free to travel to St Georges Park on 19 June. Bayern have previously said they will not release anyone before 23 June.