Austria 0-3 England: women's international friendly – as it happened

Chioma Ubogagu and Georgia Stanway scored on their debuts and Rachel Daly added a third as England’s fringe players impressed in a comprehensive win

That’s all from me, but we’ll have a full match report from Louise Taylor live shortly. All in all, an impressive victory for England, which they’ll look to build on in a tougher test on Sunday against Sweden. Bye for now.

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Phil Neville’s target for this round of friendlies was for fringe players to stake a claim for a World Cup place. That’s certainly been achieved, with two debutants getting on the scoresheet in Chi Ubogagu and Georgia Stanway, who was particularly impressive.


Full time! Austria 0-3 England

That’s that – a comprehensive victory for England, with Chioma Ubogagu, Georgia Stanway and Rachel Daly on the scoresheet.

91 mins: Stanway has a chance to make it four! Parris plays her in and with Zinzberger racing out of goal, she takes a heavy touch and fires wide. Daly, wide open in the middle, isn’t pleased.

90 mins: Three added minutes.

89 mins: Another change for Austria, Jennifer Klein replacing Billa up front.

88 mins: Stanway, player of the match for my money, almost picks out Parris with a slide-rule pass. Zinsberger is off her line quickly to clear.

86 mins: Carney, now wearing the captain’s armband, goes down under a challenge in the area – it would have been soft.

84 mins: Austria have run out of steam, a few tired looking tackles flying in as they try to keep the scoreline respectable.

Staniforth lifted the ball over the Austrian defence and into the path of Kelly, one-on-one with Zinsberger. The goalkeeper saved well with her legs but Kelly collected the rebound – but was denied by a goalline clearance. The ball landed at the feet of Stanway, whose shot was backheeled in by Daly!


GOAL! Austria 0-3 England (Daly 81')

After Chloe Kelly so nearly gets a goal on her debut, Rachel Daly adds to England’s lead!


So, two more debutants – a goalkeeper, and a player from outside the squad. Quite the flex from Neville.

77 mins: Two more England changes coming up – Everton forward Chloe Kelly, who was not named in the original squad, will come on alongside goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck. Duggan and Earps (obviously) make way.

75 mins: Burger goes off, replaced by her FC Sand teammate Viktoria Pinther. A centre-forward, Pinther is wearing No 4, which shouldn’t be encouraged.

73 mins: Stanway continues to be an utter nuisance to the home defence, almost getting in on goal again with her constant pressing.

GOAL! Austria 0-2 England (Stanway 71')

England double their lead with a quickfire counter-attack, Parris teeing up Stanway, who caps a fine debut with a deft finish, lifting the ball into the top corner!


70 mins: Lovely link-up play between Duggan and George down the left, with the Everton full-back overlapping and whipping a cross towards Daly – but it’s just overhit, and collected by Zinsberger.

68 mins: Stanway is penalised for a soft foul some 40 yards from goal, and Austria have a chance to lift it in. It’s cleared, then lifted back into the area – and Burger’s shot from a tight angle rolls through to Mary Earps.

66 mins: Parris hits the post! From the corner, Austria clear but England come again, Leah Williamson picking out Parris with a fine cross from the right. Parris’s first touch is a downward header that clanks off the near post with the goalkeeper caught cold.

65 mins: A nervous moment for Weilharter, the young substitute scuffing a cross behind, and a little too close to goal.

64 mins: Mel Lawley goes off and is replaced by her Manchester City team-mate, Nikita Parris – who recently became the WSL’s all-time top scorer.

63 mins: Austria do find a gap, Burger feeding Dunst just outside the D, but her right-footed shot is straight at Earps.

61 mins: This England defence, made up of inexperienced players from four different clubs, has stood up well to Austria’s forward line so far. Worth remembering that the hosts matched England by reaching the Euro semi-finals last year – in a parallel universe, this was the final.

59 mins: Ubogagu’s goalscoring debut comes to an end – she’s replaced by Houston Dash striker Rachel Daly. That means Duggan will shift to the left side of the attack.


58 mins: Half-time has affected England’s fluency somewhat. Dunst makes her first impact on the game, looking for Zadrazil with a raking cross from the left-hand side.

57 mins: Stanway gets into space through the middle and has options either side, but opts for a shot that’s well struck, but blocked by a defender.

Georgia Stanway has impressed in midfield for England.
Georgia Stanway has impressed in midfield for England. Photograph: Eva Manhart for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock


56 mins: A bit of a midfield scrum, broken by Zadrazil’s hopeful through ball that runs through to Earps.

54 mins: Aschauer gets forward down the left, but Hannah Blundell stands firm to stop her progress. Changes for Austria, with Barbara Dunst replacing Nadine Prohaska, and 17-year-old Yvonne Weilharter replacing Maierhofer at right-back.

52 mins: Austria are mulling changes, having failed to break England’s stride in the early stages of the second half. England could use a second goal to reflect their dominance.

50 mins: England win their fourth corner and Stanway tries to cross from an awkward angle, but sends the ball looping over the bar.

49 mins: England are straight on the front foot and Stanway tests Zinsberger with a drive from the edge of the area.

47 mins: No changes for either team at half-time. A couple of first-team regulars, Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton, have been rested while others, including Keira Walsh and Jodie Taylor, are injured.


The second half is under way.

That’s unfortunate. To be honest, given that 25 million Americans watched the 2015 World Cup final, this whole situation must seem very odd to fans across the pond.

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Half time: Austria 0-1 England

Chances for both sides but the visitors have been the better team, and lead through debutant Chi Ubogagu’s close-range finish. More soon.

44 mins: Austria break upfield and Feiersinger collects the ball close to the corner flag. Her cross in towards Billa and Burger is collected by Earps.

42 mins: This is a much-changed England line-up but there’s been plenty of fluency going forward, with debutants Ubogagu and Stanway probably England’s standout players.

40 mins: “Karen Carney central!” bellows Neville, which sounds less an instruction, more a tube station renamed after the inevitable 2019 World Cup triumph.

38 mins: England keeping the hosts in their half now and win a couple of corners. From the second, Carney fires a half-volley several yards over the bar.


36 mins: Ubogagu gets free down the left, but her low cross is too close to the goalkeeper.

35 mins: ICYMI, you can see England’s opening goal, care of the official Twitter feed, below (at 25 minutes).

34 mins: A lull in proceedings, with England continuing to pass and move nicely. George bustles past Feiersinger and is hauled down on the halfway line.

31 mins: Stanway again ghosts into space between the lines and works the ball to Lawley, who cuts inside from the right and is dispossessed. She’s urged by Neville to close the defender down – he’s certainly louder here than he is on co-comms.

29 mins: Stanway has been impressive in the hole behind Duggan, and so nearly picks out the captain with a cross after cutting onto her right foot. Duggan just can’t get a finishing touch as the ball loops across goal!

27 mins: Austria are still a threat when they get upfield, and the England defence have to be alert to deny Feiersinger a clear sight of goal.

Earps cleared her lines under pressure and England moved upfield at speed. Duggan looked to have lost the ball in the penalty area, but her persistence shook the Austrian defence, with Wenninger toe-poking the ball to Ubogagu. The forward had plenty of time to pick her spot and slot the ball into the bottom corner.

Chioma Ubogagu celebrates her goal with Toni Duggan.
Chioma Ubogagu celebrates her goal with Toni Duggan. Photograph: Eva Manhart for The FA/Rex/Shutterstock


GOAL! Austria 0-1 England (Ubogagu 25')

England lead after Duggan forces a defensive error, teeing up Chi Ubogagu for a goal on her debut!


24 mins: Ubogagu dances beyond her marker and cuts inside, before picking out Duggan in the area. The striker perhaps takes a touch too many and has to play it back to Karen Carney, who is crowded out.

23 mins: At the other end, Billa nearly plays the right winger, Feiersinger, in behind – but Earps is off her line swiftly to gather.

22 mins: The corner is cleared but worked quickly back into the area, and Ubogagu plants her header straight at the keeper...

21 mins: Oooh! This is England’s best chance as Stanway artfully plays in Duggan, lurking on the shoulder of her defender. She breaks away and fires on goal, but Zinsberger springs to her left and saves!

20 mins: The game opening up a little now, with Zadrazil testing Earps from the edge of the area. The England keeper takes a comfortable catch.

19 mins: “Too slow” intones Neville as England pass it around midfield, and Georgia Stanway gets the message, charging forward and shooting from distance. She’s off balance but still zips a shot perilously close to Zinsberger’s near post.

Here’s more on Mary Earps, who traded a steady WSL career for the chance to play for one of Europe’s best sides:

16 mins: The hosts have the best chance of the early stages, Billa finding space and trying to lift the ball over Earps from 20 yards. The Wolfsburg keeper makes an awkward save, tipping the ball onto the post!

14 mins: Carney slaloms through midfield before being clipped by Burger, the Austrian captain. Mel Lawley does well to keep the ball in play down the right, and England keep passing and moving, but the hosts stand firm and eventually win a free kick.

12 mins: England’s front three are working hard to press the home defence, with Neville roaring his approval as they do so.

11 mins: After a spell of head tennis, Duggan has another go at goal – but it’s an extremely ambitious effort from close to the left touchline that trickles wide.

9 mins: From which, Toni Duggan shows what she can do, turning smartly and firing a looping shot from 20 yards that just drops over the bar.

8 mins: Ubogagu links up with Gabby George down the left, but Puntigam gets across to clear for a throw-in...

6 mins: Commentary has kicked in on the feed five minutes in – which means I can no longer hear Neville berating his players from the touchline.

5 mins: Sarah Zadrazil fires a speculative shot a long way wide of Earps’ goal.

4 mins: Ubogagu gets down the left and swings in a cross towards Duggan, but the home defence clear.

2 mins: The hosts, kitted out in red shirts and black shorts, have been the more positive early on. They’re playing a diamond 4-4-2, with strikers Nicole Billa and Nina Burger up top.

Here, better late than never, is the Austria team:

Zinsberger; Maierhofer, Wenninger, Kirchberger, Aschauer; Puntigam, Feiersinger, Prohaska, Zadrazil; Billa, Burger.


We have sound and vision! The match is under way at the BSFZ Arena, home of Admira Wacker.

Broadcasting the game via Twitter, with virtually zero buildup, has added a frisson of excitement. Will the feed work? Will there be sound? Who exactly is playing for Austria? Is this all in fact an elaborate Inside No 9-style hoax? We’re about to find out.

A new one for this MBMer, with England’s team announced entirely in Twitter handles. Manchester City’s Georgia Stanway (@StanwayGeorgia) gets her first cap along with Chioma Ubogagu (@ChiAlreadyKnow). Ubogagu has British, US and Nigerian nationality, and was born in London before moving to Texas with her mother. She went to Stanford University as one of the USA’s best college prospects, and has played for Arsenal, Houston Dash, Orlando Pride and now Brisbane Roar.

Chi Ubogagu in action for the Roar in Australia.
Chi Ubogagu in action for the Roar in Australia. Photograph: Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

England team announced

England (4-3-3): Earps; Blundell, Williamson, McManus, George; Carney, Staniforth, Stanway; Lawley, Ubogagu, Duggan (c).

Subs from: Roebuck, Telford, Bright, Greenwood, Christiansen, Nobbs, Scott, Daly, Mead, Parris.


Former England keeper Rachel Brown-Finnis is giving her take on the WSL action in each round of matches. Here are last week’s talking points, including a first ever top-flight win for Yeovil, and Fara Williams giving Phil Neville pause for thought:

This, from Suzy Wrack on the organisation that’s using football to open doors for thousands of girls in Kenya, is well worth your time:

Today’s game is being broadcast live on Twitter (@Lionesses). Seems a shame the world’s third-best side can’t get a slot on TV anywhere, but perhaps it’s the way forward.

While we await team news, here’s the squad Neville has selected for the two friendlies, with plenty of young players given a chance to make the World Cup cut. Manchester City midfielder Georgia Stanway and goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck got their first call-ups, alongside Brisbane Roar striker Chioma Ubogagu. Karen Carney and Mel Lawley have been drafted in after Fran Kirby and Keira Walsh pulled out with injuries.

Goalkeepers: Mary Earps (Wolfsburg), Ellie Roebuck (Man City), Carly Telford (Chelsea).

Defenders: Hannah Blundell (Chelsea), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Gabby George (Everton), Alex Greenwood (Man Utd), Steph Houghton (Man City), Abbie McManus (Man City), Leah Williamson (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Isobel Christiansen (Lyon), Karen Carney (Chelsea), Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal), Jill Scott (Man City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham), Georgia Stanway (Man City), Melissa Lawley (Man City).

Forwards: Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Nikita Parris (Man City), Chioma Ubogagu (Brisbane Roar, loan from Orlando Pride).


Remember that long, hot summer about a hundred years ago, when It was Coming Home? Well, I know that was then – but it could be again. England’s women’s side will go to France next year hoping to at least match the men’s efforts in Russia – and their own in Canada, back in 2015.

Phil Neville’s side are ranked third in the world, and should be bona fide contenders – although momentum is proving tricky to muster, with an impressive win over Brazil cancelled out by a draw with an underpowered Australia side in their last pair of friendlies.

They take on Sweden in a sellout at Rotherham on Sunday, but first up, it’s a trip to Vienna to face Austria. Today’s hosts aren’t World Cup bound, but they were a penalty shootout away from the Euro ‘17 final, ultimately joining England as losing semi-finalists.

Barcelona forward Toni Duggan will captain the team for the first time today, in the absence of Steph Houghton, whose 100th cap will wait until Sunday. Kick-off at the BSFZ Arena is 5pm, GMT.