Women’s World Cup 2023: Are England favourites for the trophy?

The FIFA Women’s World Cup is approaching the business end of the tournament and just eight nations remain in the quest to lift the trophy in Sydney a week on Sunday.  

In what has been the most unpredictable women’s edition of the tournament in its 32-year history, the number one and two ranked nations in the world have already fallen by the wayside in USA and Germany, while the likes of Brazil and Olympic champions Canada have also been knocked out. 

Japan may be many people’s favourites based on the football played so far, but European champions England are the favourites in the eyes of many of the bookies, despite several sub-par performances from Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses in the past couple of weeks, and now the loss of key player Lauren James due to suspension

Lauren James of England stamps on Michelle Alozie of Nigeria which later leads to a red card being shown following a Video Assistant Referee review during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Round of 16 match between England and Nigeria at Brisbane Stadium on August 07, 2023 in Brisbane / Meaanjin, Australia. (Photo by Elsa - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Lauren James of England looks set to miss the rest of the tournament with injury (Image credit: Getty Images)

If it’s not England, 2011 winners Japan are looking an excellent option so far. Futoshi Ikeda’s exciting young squad and their unique brand of football have taken the tournament by storm so far, scoring 17 goals across their four games and conceding just once, including a 4-0 demolition of Spain in the final group games. 

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