Women's Football

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

Jamie Spencer
Spain & Alexia Putellas are the next opponent for England in the Arnold Clark Cup
Spain & Alexia Putellas are the next opponent for England in the Arnold Clark Cup / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages
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England return to the pitch for their second match of the Arnold Clark Cup this weekend, taking on Spain in a huge clash that could end up being a semi-final clash at Euro 2022 if both win their respective group - or a final if they don't.

The Lionesses drew 1-1 with Canada in Middlesbrough on Thursday, while Spain shared the same score-line with Germany in their opening fixture a few hours earlier.

The competition has moved south east for the second round of fixtures, which are just as eagerly anticipated as the first.

This is everything you need to know about the game...


How to watch England vs Spain on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Sunday 20 February, 15:15 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Carrow Road
TV channel/live stream? ITV4/Hub (UK), RTVE (Spain), CBS (USA), FA Player (international)
Highlights? ITV Sport YouTube, England YouTube


England team news

Sarina Wiegman confirmed on Saturday morning there are no injury concerns going into this game, although the England boss is expected to rotate her team to get a look at other players who didn't start last time against Canada.

That could mean the likes of Ellen White, Lucy Bronze and Ellie Roebuck coming in.


Spain team news

Barcelona forward Mariona Caldentey suffered a thigh injury in Spain's opening game and has withdrawn from the squad - she will be sidelined for approximately 10 weeks. She has been replaced by 21-year-old Real Madrid talent Athenea del Castillo.

Centre-back Irene Paredes pulled out with an injury before the tournament began.


England vs Spain predicted lineups

England: Roebuck; Bronze, Bright, Williamson, Stokes; Toone, Nobbs, Stanway; Parris, White, Mead

Spain: Panos; Batlle, Pereira, Leon, Ouahabi; Guijarro, Bonmati, Putellas; Cardona, Hermoso, Pina


England vs Spain head to head

England and Spain last met at the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, just as the world was in the early grips of the coronavirus pandemic. The latter won 1-0 on that occasion, with Alexia Putellas scoring the late winner at the Toyota Stadium in Dallas.

The Lionesses have historically had the upper hand against Spain, who are relatively new to the highest level of women's international football. England won a home friendly in 2019 and a meeting in the group stage at Euro 2017, while a Spanish win four years earlier at Euro 2013 was a shock.

England also won other games in 2010 and 2016, with another 2010 game drawn 2-2.

The fairly one-sided past relationship has changed, with Spain rapidly improving over the last three years and firmly now the darlings of women's football in Europe.

“England are a great team, one of the best in the world. I always love playing against big teams like them. I believe that we have improved a lot since the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. We are a better team now," Putellas has reflected ahead of this weekend's contest.


England vs Spain score prediction

This is as big a test for Spain as it is for England. Many have already tipped La Roja for glory at Euro 2022 and they will take this opportunity to work on their game plan against the biggest opposition as they remain relatively unproven at international level.

England showed against Canada they have the quality to show superiority against a world class team but must put that performance level together over a whole match.

Prediction: England 2-2 Spain


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