England and Scotland drawn in same Women's World Cup group

Marinette Pichon of France Carli Lloyd of USA and Laura Georges of France

Marinette Pichon of France Carli Lloyd of USA and Laura Georges of France

They will be joined in Group D by Japan, placed in Pot 2 but Women's World Cup winners as recently as 2011 and beaten finalists four years later, with Argentina making up the group.

Thailand are drawn in the toughest group and will face defending champions U.S. in their first match for the Women's World Cup in France on June 11.

Holders USA, who beat Japan in the final in Canada three years ago, will start the defence of their title against Thailand in Reims.

"If I told my players that we're only going to France to win the bronze medal they would say I'm the wrong manager because my players are ambitious and they want to be challenged".

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The CanWNT were drawn out of the same Pot 1 (composed of the tournament's top teams based on the FIFA World Rankings) as the USWNT.

Australia's group features Italy, Brazil and Jamaica, while Group E matches up Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand and Netherlands.

England defeated Germany in the play-off game to secure third place at the last Women's World Cup in Canada in 2015 and will be looking to improve on that best-ever finish at next year's tournament in France.

Scotland, who have made impressive progress under head coach Shirley Kerr, will be competing in their first World Cup, having finished two points ahead of Switzerland to win their qualifying group. We're going to spend a lot of time on aeroplanes, in hotels, training pitches. While the latter two opponents are relative minnows in the women's game, Sweden will be a grudge match for the reigning WWC champions, who were memorably upset by the Nordic side in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympic soccer tournament in Brazil.

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