Half time during the England v New Zealand friendly seems a good time to start what I hope will become the World Cup thread. The World Cup starts Friday 7 June. Full details of all matches are here: FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™ - Matches - FIFA.com England and Scotland both find themselves in Group D alongside Argentina and Japan. England are in the mix, as are Japan, but Scotland have prepared well for this tournament and while on paper you wouldn't expect them to get out of that group, they could spring some surprises. England v Scotland kicks off the group on Sunday 9 June. As in 2011, England finish the group stage against Japan, and depending on how the other matches go that could be either a dead rubber or all to play for. Most people agree this is quite an open World Cup this year, with 6 or so who could win it: USA, Japan, Germany, France, England, Netherlands. The USA are very physically strong, and it's hard to see who might overcome that. As for England, this is a good England team, but by no means the best in the world. However, it's tournament football, the unexpected can happen. Personally, I always enjoy watching France, who have been unlucky in previous tournaments and have huge home advantage. Details of the England squad can be found here. The strong County Durham/Mackem connection in the England squad continues with Demi Stokes, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Carly Telford, Beth Mead, Lucy Staniforth, and Lucy Bronze, all of whom are from the area and/or at some point have played in our red and white stripes. Many of them have friends and family on here. Good luck lasses, enjoy the football everyone.