ENG­LAND/GB

World Soccer - - Women's Football -

One no­table ab­sen­tee was Great Bri­tain. Re­sis­tance from the Scot­tish, Welsh and North­ern Ir­ish FA’s, who fear a com­bined team would threaten their in­de­pen­dent sta­tus within FIFA, meant the UK turned down the place won by Eng­land at the 2015 World Cup. Eng­land man­ager Mark Samp­son said he be­lieved his team “would have won the gold medal”. They would cer­tainly have been con­tenders, es­pe­cially if bol­stered by the likes of Scot­land’s Kim Lit­tle and Jess Fishlock of Wales. How­ever, de­spite talk of field­ing a team in Tokyo, foot­ball pol­i­tics is likely to deny them.

Re­spectable... South Africa

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