This will be Great Britain’s second appearance at the tournament, following their participation as hosts at London 2012. On that occasion, they got as far as the quarter-finals, where they were defeated 2-0 by eventual bronze medallists Canada.
The road to Tokyo
The FIFA Women’s World Cup in France doubled as the qualifying tournament for Tokyo. Consequently, several months before the competition, the four national associations that make up Team GB agreed that the Lionesses would represent them during qualifying.
England’s 3-0 defeat of Norway in the quarter-finals ensured Great Britain’s participation in Tokyo. Subsequent losses to USA (2-1) in the semis and Sweden (2-1) in the match for third place meant England’s women could not round off the tournament with a podium finish.
3 — The number of goals scored by Steph Houghton at London 2012. Despite playing in defence, the England captain clearly has an eye for goal, especially from dead ball situations. After top-scoring for Great Britain at the London Olympics, her presence at Tokyo 2020, when she will be at the peak of her powers, could be key to the team's performance.