Former England players Faye White and Sue Smith have questioned whether coach Hope Powell should remain in charge for the 2015 World Cup campaign.

“Players react if there is a change,” said ex-captain White following England’s European Championships exit. And Doncaster Belles forward Smith said: “A different voice can help give that rise and a lift to the players.”But the FA’s Kelly Simmons defended Powell, saying: “Hope has been phenomenal.”

The FA’s director of the national game and women’s football, said: “There’s bound to be criticism of managers when results don’t go your way but you’ve got to put it into context that while it’s really disappointing, it’s three games”
“Under Hope’s leadership we went from not qualifying for any tournaments to a record sixth in the world in 2011”

Source: BBC Sport, 19th July 2013

We have had lots of different generations of a good England women’s football team. They have qualified for a number of tournaments and done well in them, it shows disrespect and lack of appreciation for the previous England players, managers and coaches, who have helped the team throughout the years, even before Hope Powell was given the manager’s job and we should acknowledge their dedication and achievement for the England National team also.

England Results in World tournaments From 1976 to 2013

England 1976 Pony Home Championship Winners, group stage 1st
Italy 1979 Unofficial European Championship Semi final 4th
Japan 1981 Mundialito Group stage 3rd
Italy 1984 Mundialito Semi final 3rd
Italy 1985 Mundialito Winners 1st
Italy 1988 Mundialito Winners 1st
United States 1990 North America Cup Group stage 3rd
Portugal 2002 Algarve Cup Group stage 9th
Portugal 2005 Algarve Cup Group stage 8th
China 2007 Four Nations Tournament Group stage 4th
Cyprus 2009 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st
Cyprus 2010 Cyprus Cup Group stage 5th
South Korea 2010 Peace Queen Cup Group stage 2nd
Cyprus 2011 Cyprus Cup Group stage 5th
Cyprus 2012 Cyprus Cup Group stage 4th
Cyprus 2013 Cyprus Cup Winners 1st

The Mundialito (Spanish for “little World Cup”), was a global invitational tournament for national teams in women’s football (soccer). Held on four occasions in the northern region of Italy since 1984, it was one of the most prestigious women’s football events, prior to the advent of the Women’s World Cup and Women’s Olympic Football.

The most successful teams were Italy and England with two titles. The 1985 tournament was notable for the international debut of the United States women’s national soccer team. Another more recent international tournament for women’s football teams, the Algarve Cup.

World Cup finals

China 1991 Did not qualify
Sweden 1995 Quarter-finals
United States 1999 Did not qualify
United States 2003 Did not qualify
China 2007 Quarter-finals
Germany 2011 Quarter-finals

European Championship

Sweden/England 1984 Runners-up
ay 1987 Fourth Place
1989 Did not Qualify
1991 Did not Qualify
1993 Did not Qualify
1995 Semi-final

1997 Did not Qualify
any 2001 Group Stage
and 2005 Group Stage
nd 2009 Runners-up
den 2013 Group Stage

(Hope Says)  “At the end of the day we did not perform a lack of quality”

March 2013

The FA WSL has helped improve the level of competition and quality at the top of the game which can only be a good thing for women’s football and for the England team. In fact, the women’s game has come a long way and has grown in every department. Whether that’s the number of girls playing, opportunities for females to work in the game, number of referees has increased, number of female coaches has increased. Everything, arguably, has got better. We’re in a healthy position and hopefully the future is bright.


(Hope Says)  “Some of the youngsters are not ready to cope with that sort of pressure”

2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Head coach: England Hope Powell

Alex Scott December 14, 1984 (aged 22) Played
Karen Carney August 1, 1987 (aged 20) Played
Eniola Aluko February 21, 1987 (aged 20) Played
Anita Asante April 27, 1985 (aged 22) Played
Jill Scott February 2, 1987 (aged 20) Played
Lianne Sanderson February 3, 1988 (aged 19) Played

(On 16 August 2010, Lianne Sanderson announced that she no longer wanted to be considered for England duty while manager Hope Powell was in charge, due to perceived unfair treatment by both the England hierarchy and Powell)

2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Head coach: England Hope Powell
Jess Clarke 5 May 1989 (aged 22) Played
Ellen White 9 May 1989 (aged 22) Played
Sophie Bradley 5 May 1989 (aged 22) Played
Claire Rafferty 11 January 1989 (aged 22) Played

2001 UEFA European Football Championship
Head coach: England Hope Powell

Katie Chapman June 15, 1982 (aged 19) Played


2005 UEFA European Football Championship
Head coach: England Hope Powell

Alex Scott October 14, 1984 (aged 20) Played
Fara Williams January 25, 1984 (aged 21) Played
Emily Westwood April 05, 1984 (aged 21) Played
Karen Carney August 01, 1987 (aged 17) Played
1Eniola Aluko February 21, 1987 (aged 18) Played

2009 UEFA European Football Championship

Head coach: England Hope Powell

Karen Carney August 01, 1987 (aged 22) Played
Eniola Aluko February 21, 1987 (aged 22) Played
Jill Scott February 02, 1987 (aged 22) Played
Jessica Clarke May 05, 1989 (aged 20) Played


(Hope Says)  “French players are full time and France have had a lot of investment in 2011”

24th October 2012

Alex Horne, the FA’s general secretary, said there is “real excitement” about women’s football in the wake of the Olympic Games and promised an additional £3.5m over four years


21st July 2013

“We need to be prepared maybe to invest more if we want to compete with the likes of France,” Powell told BBC Sport.

“Since 2011, France have had quite a lot of investment,” said Powell. “They are full-time and a lot of their players play for Lyon and are full-time athletes. So it’s very difficult to compete against.”If I look at Lyon they probably train five times a week. If I look at some of our Women’s Super League clubs, we’re not to that standard.

Source: BBC Sport, 21st July 2013


PS: I will always support our national women’s team players throughout the highs and lows and wish them all good luck in the upcoming 2015 World Cup campaign.


  1. Author
    Asa 9 years ago

    @Gromit @Jo Thank you for your comments

  2. gromit 9 years ago

    Thank you for all those precious infos, Asa.

    It’s obvious that in 15 years, Hope Powell achived almost nothing with the NT as far as we look at the results : one Euro Final (with a 2-6 !), 2 wins out of 5 Cyprus Cup and that is all. Not even systematic qualifications for WC.

    I saw on Wiki that she is 1,79m. I thought she was rather small, I’m surprised.

  3. Anonymous 9 years ago

    Let’s face it though, any other sport (male or female), a bad competition performance could cost you your job. Why are the England WNT so different?

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