England v USA: Players will show support for USA team at Wembley friendly

[06-10-2022 03:40 PM]

Ammon News - England players will show support for the United States when they play a friendly at Wembley on Friday after an inquiry uncovered "systemic" abuse and misconduct in their national league.

The findings, from an independent investigation into America's National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), were released earlier this week.

"We're in contact with the USA team. We are working on our support with them," said England forward Beth Mead.

"We will be doing something."

Governing body US Soccer said it would move immediately to implement reforms following the release of the findings.

An investigation was launched last year after allegations made against North Carolina Courage's English head coach Paul Riley, who was sacked.

Riley, who has coached women's teams since 2006, has denied the accusations.

USA captain Becky Sauerbrunn said players were "horrified and heartbroken" by the findings, while winger Crystal Dunn told BBC Sport it is "hard to find the joy in playing".

Mead said she was "sickened by the situation" when asked for her thoughts on the report.

"It's a worldwide problem. Women need to be taken seriously. I'm very proud of the victims who stepped up and said it," she added.

"Governing bodies need to be doing better, US Soccer needs to do better and worldwide we need to do better."

England manager Sarina Wiegman said: "My first reaction was that it is horrible, unacceptable that it is still happening and I feel very sorry for all the victims.

"It should stop immediately. I think it's a worldwide thing. We need to stop these things. It's horrible."

It will be England's first game against the US, who are ranked number one in the world, since they were crowned European champions in the summer.

Wiegman's side then host the Czech Republic in another friendly on Tuesday in Brighton (20:00 BST).

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