England’s preparations for the Women’s World Cup are nearly finished and there is a real optimism that Phil Neville’s side can achieve something great in the tournament.
The Lionesses triumphed in the SheBelieves Cup in the United States, winning the competition ahead of the hosts, who are ranked No.1 in the world.
England finished third at the last World Cup in 2015, and, despite the absence of key midfielder Jordan Nobbs, the team is littered with a number of talented stars.
But who are the three key players in the side? talkSPORT.com has given our verdict…
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Walsh enjoyed a fine season in the holding midfield role for Man City as they finished runners up in the league.
She has been an assured presence in front of the defence and even chipped in with one goal and five assists in 19 appearances – a decent return for a defensive minded player.
The 22-year-old made her debut for England in a World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan in 2017 and has since emerged as one of Neville’s most important players.
Nobbs, speaking to Sky Sports, has admitted Walsh’s passing ability will be crucial to how England fare in the competition.
“The way that we want to play, we need that midfielder who can make passes long and short. She created a goal for Beth Mead in the SheBelieves Cup with a 40-yard diagonal.
“We need players to step up and she has been one of those players. I hope I can play alongside her in the years to come.”
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Parris has risen to be one of the most prolific strikers in the women’s game and she spearheaded Manchester City to victory in both domestic major cup competitions this term.
The 25-year-old scored a stunning 19 goals in 19 games in a stellar campaign in the league.
She has also been snapped up by the Lyon – the current Champions League holders after thrashing Barcelona – and her confidence should be sky high after securing that move.
Parris goes into the tournament in good nick, too, having scored in the SheBelieves Cup and in the warm-up game against Denmark.
Mead is another who has come on leaps and bounds under Neville’s management and she was another player who was very impressive in the SheBelieves Cup.
It was the 24-year-old’s wonderstrike that saw England overcome Brazil and she hit the back of the net against Japan too.
Before Mead moved to Arsenal, she was a prolific striker for Sunderland but she is also hugely versatile, having featured mainly on the wing under Neville.
Alongside Parris up front, the duo can be lethal in attack for the Lionesses at this World Cup.