There is one remaining current Blue at the Women’s World Cup: midfielder Inessa Kaagman, who plays for Netherlands. Unfortunately, former midfielder Olivia Chance’s team, New Zealand, was eliminated and didn’t advance from the Group Stages, despite having an impressive debut after coming back from a long injury.
The Netherlands won all 3 of their Group Stages matches to advance to the knockout stage. Kaagman has been serving as an unused substitute in the tournament so far, but hopefully that changes with their game against Japan on Tuesday. The Dutch are slightly favoured to win over Japan, who are the second youngest team at the World Cup. A Netherlands win would send them to the quarterfinals for the first time ever.
The Dutch have had a good turnout of fans at the tournament so expect them to give their team a boost in the stands:
WWC Round of 16
Netherlands vs. Japan
Date: Tuesday, June 24th
Time: 3 p.m. ET on FS1 or 20:00 on BBC
Former Blues Playing for England
The England Lionesses play against Norway on Thursday after beating Cameroon 3-0 on Sunday. There are tons of former Blues representing England:
- Former Everton player Phil Neville is England’s manager
- England forward Nikita Parris is a Liverpool native and played for Everton from 2011 to 2015 before they were relegated and she was loaned out to and then joined Manchester City
- England forward Toni Duggan is also a Liverpool native and played for Everton from 2007 to 2013 before joining Manchester City
- England midfielder Jill Scott played for Everton from 2006 to 2013 before also joining — you guessed it — Manchester City
- England defender Lucy Bronze played for Everton from 2010 - 2012 before joining Liverpool and then Man City!
Current Everton players Chloe Kelly and Gabby George have received minutes on the senior team, so look forward to them increasing their involvement on the senior team in the future.
How to watch:
Norway vs. England
Date: Thursday, June 27th
Time: 3 p.m. ET on Fox or 20:00 on BBC One