Bronze and England learn World Cup fate

Lucy Bronze in action for England against Sweden. Picture by Frank Reid
Lucy Bronze in action for England against Sweden. Picture by Frank Reid
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Lucy Bronze and her England colleagues have been dealt their Fifa World Cup fate – and it includes a crunch group game with France.

The draw for the major tournament, which takes place in Canada in the summer, was made last weekend.

England will face France, Colombia and Mexico in Group F.

They will play their group matches in Moncton and Montreal between June 9 and 17.

The final will take place in Vancouver on Sunday, July 5.

Bronze, 23, from Alnwick, played in England’s qualifying campaign, which saw them win all 10 matches, scoring 52 goals and conceding just one.

The defender, who recently made the move from Liverpool to Manchester City, is a national team regular and played at Wembley last month against Germany.

It will be England’s fourth appearance at a World Cup and goal-line technology will be utilised at the tournament for the first time.

In the build-up to the finals, England will host USA and France, on February 13 and April 9 respectively.

They will also compete in the Cyprus Cup in March.