England v Australia LIVE commentary: Old rivals clash in Women’s World Cup semi-finals – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

England will take on co-hosts Australia for a place in the final of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

Sarina Wiegman’s Lionesses beat Colombia 2-1 in the quarter-finals thanks to Alessia Russo’s well-taken winner.


England will take on Australia in the World Cup semi-finals this weekCredit: Getty

Meanwhile, Australia reached their first World Cup semi-final as they beat France in an incredible penalty shoot-out in Brisbane.

The two famous rivals will now clash in Sydney for a place in this summer’s showpiece final.

Either Spain or Sweden will await the winner for a shot at glory this Sunday.

England v Australia: talkSPORT coverage

This Women’s World Cup semi-final clash will take place on Wednesday, August 16.

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It is being held at Stadium Australia in Sydney and will kick-off at 11am UK time.

talkSPORT 2 will have live coverage of the game while talkSPORT.com will be running a live blog for all the action. 

Faye Carruthers will be your host before commentary from Joe Shennan and former England Women’s striker Lianne Sanderson.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream.

You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

The match will also be shown on BBC One from 10am.

Wiegman's England are looking to reach the World Cup final


Wiegman’s England are looking to reach the World Cup final

England v Australia: Team news 

England will still be without the suspended Lauren James with Ella Toone expected to start in attack again.

Rachel Daly hurt her knee during the clash with Colombia but Wiegman is confident she’ll be OK.

Keira Walsh has overcome her recent injury while Chloe Kelly and Bethany England are pushing to be in the starting line-up.


  • Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Manchester United), Hannah Hampton (Chelsea), Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City)
  • Defenders: Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Barcelona), Jess Carter (Chelsea), Niamh Charles (Chelsea), Alex Greenwood (Manchester City), Esme Morgan (Manchester City), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)
  • Midfielders: Laura Coombs (Manchester City), Jordan Nobbs (Aston Villa), Georgia Stanway (Bayern Munich), Ella Toone (Manchester United), Keira Walsh (Barcelona), Katie Zelem (Manchester United)
  • Forwards: Rachel Daly (Aston Villa), Bethany England (Tottenham Hotspur), Lauren Hemp, (Manchester City), Lauren James (Chelsea), Chloe Kelly (Manchester City), Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), Alessia Russo (Arsenal)


  • Goalkeepers: Mackenzie Arnold (West Ham), Teagan Micah (Rosengard), Lydia Williams (Brighton)
  • Defenders: Ellie Carpenter (Lyon), Steph Catley (Arsenal), Charlotte Grant (Vittsjo GIK), Clare Hunt (Western Sydney Wanderers), Alanna Kennedy (Manchester City), Aivi Luik (BK Hacken), Courtney Nevin (Leicester City on loan from Hammarby), Clare Polkinghorne (Vittsjo GIK)
  • Midfielders: Alex Chidiac (Racing Louisville), Kyra Cooney-Cross (Hammarby IF), Katrina Gorry (Vittsjo GIK), Emily van Egmond (San Diego Wave), Clare Wheeler (Everton), Tameka Yallop (SK Brann)
  • Forwards: Caitlin Foord (Arsenal), Mary Fowler (Manchester City) Sam Kerr (Chelsea), Hayley Raso (Free agent), Kyah Simon (Free agent), Cortnee Vine (Sydney FC)
Russo fired England into the World Cup semi-finals


Russo fired England into the World Cup semi-finalsCredit: Getty

England v Australia: What has been said? 

Wiegman has admitted she was unaware of just how big the rivalry is between England and Australia.

She said: “I just think it is going to be really big, but I’ve had a couple of questions about that now so it’s probably going to be bigger than I imagined now.

“So I’ll talk to my players and staff and see what that rivalry is then. I think the Australians and English can get along really well, and we’ve had such a warm welcome here, we’ve really enjoyed our time here in Australia, and I actually really like the people here.

“But that doesn’t mean there’s no rivalry, so we’ll see that Wednesday.”

Russo added: “I’m buzzing, the semi-final of a World Cup, we’re keeping the dream alive.

“I’m buzzing, obviously Colombia are a top team and I think they’ve shown more than that this World Cup. It was a really tough test, but so happy to get three points and be in the semis.

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“We’ve had to dig deep from the first game and that’s what it’s like, they have so many talented players who can cause you trouble within a second.

“But I thought our back line were brilliant tonight, we kept it locked down, won and now we’re in the semis.”

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