England players planning holidays after Women’s World Cup

England players planning holidays rather than a parade after the Women’s World Cup ends

  • England players are not preparing for a triumphant World Cup homecoming
  • Sportsmail understands half a dozen players are making their own arrangements
  • Man United star Alex Greenwood is flying to a wedding at her own expense 

England’s women’s squad do not appear to be preparing for a triumphant World Cup homecoming, with at least six of the players planning to head straight off on holiday after the tournament.

A victorious campaign has the potential to revolutionise the women’s game in England and as the nation’s first World Cup win in 53 years would be a source of huge national jubilation.

But Sportsmail understands that defender Alex Greenwood is one of half a dozen players making her own travel arrangements for leaving France. It is thought the Manchester United player has a family wedding and will be flying there directly at her own expense. 

Alex Greenwood is one of half a dozen players making their own plans for after the World Cup

Several other players are thought to have made plans to head off on holiday or stay in France after England’s campaign is over. It is unclear whether those plans would change if Phil Neville’s team lift the trophy. 

Around half a dozen of the squad’s support staff are also thought to be making their own arrangements to leave France. All players and staff who do so will be paying their own way.

England are on course to repeat what Gareth Southgate’s men did last summer and navigate a relatively easy course to the semi-finals. 

All players and staff who make their own plans after the tournament do so at their own expense

They are favourites to top their group, which would see a round of 16 game against one of the third-placed teams – possibly New Zealand.

They may then face Norway or Australia – either of which they would expect to beat – in the last eight. 

The semi-final, against the USA or France, looks like a major test, though Neville insists he believes the team can triumph. Striker Nikita Parris said before the tournament: ‘We’re here to win it.’

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