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England vs Canada - Arnold Clark Cup: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Ali Rampling
England face Canada in the Arnold Clark Cup on Thursday
England face Canada in the Arnold Clark Cup on Thursday / Marc Atkins/GettyImages

England face Canada in the two sides' opening match of the 2022 Arnold Clark Cup on Thursday evening.

The match represents the first time Sarina Wiegman's England team will have tested themselves against world-class opposition since the former Netherlands manager took the Lionesses hot seat in September.

Canada are the reigning Olympic champions and have former England assistant boss Bev Priestman in charge, pointing to a fascinating matchup at the Riverside Stadium.

How to watch England vs Canada on TV

When is kick off? Thursday 17 February, 19:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? The Riverside Stadium
TV channel/live stream? ITV4 (UK), TSN (Canada), CBS (USA)

England team news

Lotte Wubben-Moy did not report for England duty initially with the rest of the squad on Sunday evening. The defender was continuing to be assessed and treating by Arsenal, having missed Friday's clash with Chelsea. However, Sarina Wiegman confirmed that England have all their players fit and available ahead of Thursday evening's fixture.

Ellie Roebuck and Lucy Bronze could both feature for the first time under Wiegman, with the Manchester City pair having missed the first two camps of the former Netherlands manager's tenure through injury.

England continue to be without Steph Houghton. Arsenal's Leah Williamson will captain the Lionesses in her absence.

Canada team news

Canada are without record goalscorer Christine Sinclair, who has not travelled to England following the recent passing of her mother. Chelsea midfielder Jessie Fleming has been named captain in Sinclair's absence.

The Canada squad consists of a mixture of players who ply their trade in the NWSL - which is currently in pre-season - and WSL players, who are in the thick of the 2021/22 campaign, resulting in a side who will likely be at varying degrees of fitness and sharpness.

England vs Canada predicted lineups

England: Roebuck; Stokes, Greenwood, Bright, Bronze; Williamson, Toone, Stanway; Hemp, White, Mead

Canada: McLeod; Chapman, Buchanan, Gilles, Lawrence; Scott, Fleming, Quinn; Rose, Prince, Beckie

England vs Canada score prediction

Thursday's fixture promises to be an intriguing matchup between a very defensively well-drilled Canada side and an England team who have scored for fun under Wiegman - albeit against a much lower calibre of opposition.

The fact that many of the Canada side are still in pre-season, while Rachel Daly is England's only player not currently in the midst of the club season, could be the key difference between two teams who would otherwise be incredibly difficult to separate.

Score prediction: England 2-1 Canada