|Venue: Stadium Wiener Neustadt Date: Saturday September 3rd Kicking off: 16:30 CET|
|Cover: Live text commentary and coverage on the BBC Sport website|
Boss Sarina Wiegman is set to make at least two changes as England attempt to qualify for the World Cup in their first game since winning Euro 2022.
Forward Ellen White has retired since the Lionesses crowned European Champion on July 31 and does not meet Austria in Wiener Neustadt.
Midfielder Fran Kirby, who was also in the starting XI, is out with a foot injury.
England need a point against Austria to qualify for the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Lionesses, who defeated Germany 2-1 at Wembley and became European champions, still have a qualifier ahead of them after Saturday – next Tuesday in Stoke in front of around 30,000 fans against Luxembourg.
White’s retirement from football has left a vacancy to be filled, with Alessia Russo expected to step in on Saturday.
However, Chelsea striker Lauren James, 20, is in the squad and could make her senior England debut, while Ebony Salmon, 21, could contribute to the cap she earned in a friendly against Northern Ireland in February 2021.
“There are a lot of really good players fighting for this place,” said Salmon. “If I can work on what I need to work on, having these players at camp will only make me a better player.”
Will the Lionesses mark the Wiegman anniversary with a win?
Saturday’s game marks the first anniversary since Wiegman assumed her role as manager of the Lionesses on September 1, 2021.
Her 20 unbeaten seasons include 18 wins, two draws, 106 goals scored and just five goals conceded.
Two of those victories came against Austria – a 1-0 win in World Cup qualifiers at the Stadium of Light last November and a similar result at the World Cup Opening match of Euro 2022.
That game at Old Trafford on July 6th was watched by 68,871 spectators, but Saturday’s game will be played at a 3,000-seat stadium.
All tickets are sold as England aim to join USA, Brazil, South Africa, Sweden and France in the World Cup, which takes place between 20th July and 20th August 2023.
England have won all of their eight qualifiers, scoring 68 goals without a reply.
Beth Mead has 12 of those, while Mead (three times), Ella Toone (twice), Ellen White, Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo all had eight hat-tricks in World Cup qualifiers.
While England is fourth in the Fifa world rankings, Austria is 20th.
Irene Fuhrmann’s team is guaranteed at least one place in the playoffs.