FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup record
France 2018 will represent the Young Lionesses' fifth appearance at the U-20 Women's World Cup. They reached the quarter-finals at the inaugural edition at Canada 2002 - with Laura Bassett, Fara Williams and Alex Scott in their ranks - only to succumb to Canada, and a five-goal Christine Sinclair performance. At Chile 2008, Steph Houghton and Toni Duggan helped Mo Marley's side reach the last eight again, only to be thwarted by a Sydney Leroux-inspired USA. England failed to progress from the group stage in each of their most recent appearances: Germany 2010 and Canada 2014.
The road to France
England breezed through their UEFA Women's U-19 EURO Elite Round qualification group. They defeated Denmark, Turkey and Czech Republic, scoring 12 goals without reply thanks in part to the attacking talents of Zoe Cross, Georgia Stanway and Mollie Rouse. At the finals in Northern Ireland, Marley's side saw off Italy thanks to a Georgia Allen brace, but finished third in Group B after falling to defeats against the Netherlands and France. In the play-off against Scotland, goals from Cross and Rouse were enough to ensure England's return to the global stage after missing out at Papua New Guinea 2016.
Former England captain Mo Marley has been a key figure in her country's coaching set-up since retiring from international duty and joining the FA's backroom team in 2001. She has led her country at all four of their previous appearances at the U-20 Women's World Cup: Canada 2002, Chile 2008, Germany 2010 and Canada 2014 - as well as winning the UEFA Women's U-19 EURO in 2009. She also took charge of Everton Ladies for a decade, alongside her duties with the FA, leading the side to the FA Women's Premier League Cup in 2008 and the FA Women's Cup in 2010. Marley has focused full-time on her international coaching duties since 2012, even taking interim charge of the senior side after Mark Sampson's departure in September 2017.
14 – The number of games England have played at the U-20 Women's World Cup, and the number of matches in which Mo Marley has been in charge. Her, and England's, record: two wins, six draws and six defeats.