Having reached the last four in their last two major tournament outings, the England squad carries an experienced pedigree and takes a healthy boost from the intense conditioning most of the 23 has.
Still struggling with square peg in round hole syndrome, there Lionesses still struggle to find their best form on the pitch and have a habit of looking off colour despite the individual quality.
Still lacking some of the technical nous of their European counterparts, the Lionesses are likely to use the group as a springboard, picking up steam throughout the three matches to attack the knockout rounds with more vigour.
Goalkeepers: Carly Telford (Chelsea), Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), Mary Earps (VfL Wolfsburg).
Defenders: Steph Houghton (Manchester City), Lucy Bronze (Lyon), Demi Stokes (Manchester City), Rachel Daly (Houston Dash), Alex Greenwood (Manchester United), Millie Bright (Chelsea), Leah Williamson (Arsenal), Abbie McManus (Manchester City).
Midfielders: Jade Moore (Reading), Kiera Walsh (Manchester City), Jill Scott (Manchester City), Karen Carney (Chelsea), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City).
Attackers: Toni Duggan (Barcelona), Ellen White (Birmingham City), Fran Kirby (Chelsea), Nikita Parris (Manchester City), Beth Mead (Arsenal), Jodie Taylor (Reign FC).
Thought of as dark horses, or out and out favourites by many, there hasn’t been anywhere near enough development under Phil Neville, the team still a shade of Mark Sampson. Well-conditioned and in a group they’ll like the look of, it’s inconceivable that the Lionesses won’t reach the last 16 but, like in their last major tournament outings, there will always be a smarter team out there waiting – a good draw and the semi-finals still sounds reasonable.
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