There’ll be no clashes between VfL teammates in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup.
The group stage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France is over, and the field has been reduced by a third. Eight teams are on the plane home, with no real surprises. As expected, all of VfL Wolfsburg’s current and future internationals have made it through to the knockout rounds, but none of them will face each other in the last 16. Germany, whose squad contains five She-Wolves, face Nigeria, while England and Mary Earps are up against Cameroon. In both ties, the European side are favourites.
The remaining round of 16 fixtures are harder to predict. Norway and Australia both finished second in their group as Caroline Hansen comes up against former VfL teammate Emily van Egmond, who made nine appearances for the Green-Whites during the 2016/17 season. On a similar level is the meeting between Sweden and Canada, the 2016 Olympics silver and bronze medal winners respectively. Nilla Fischer was rested in the Swedes’ final group game against USA, which they lost 2-0, while Fridolina Rolfö was brought on at half-time. There’s also no clear favourite in the match between European champions Netherlands – whose side features new She-Wolves signing Dominique Bloodworth – and Japan, runners-up at the last World Cup. Therefore, there’s a realistic chance of all the VfL players reaching the quarter-finals.