England v USA: Players to show support for Team USA in friendly at Wembley


Mead (left) assisted England’s goal in their 2-1 win over the USA in the 2019 World Cup semi-final.

England players will show their support for the USA when they play a friendly at Wembley on Friday after an investigation found “systemic” abuse and misconduct in their league.

The findings were the result of an independent investigation by the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). it was released earlier this week.

“We are in contact with the US team. We are working on our support with them,” said England forward Beth Mead.

“We will do something.”

US Soccer’s governing body said it would immediately move to implement reforms after the findings were released.

An investigation was launched against English coach Paul Riley of the North Carolina Courage, who was fired last year.

Riley, who has coached the women’s team since 2006, has denied the allegations.

Captain USA said Becky Sauerbrunn players were “horrified and heartbroken” by the findings, while the winger Crystal Dunn told BBC Sport “it’s hard to find joy in play.”

Mead said he was “disgusted with the situation” when asked for his views on the report.

“It’s a worldwide problem. Women need to be taken seriously. I’m very proud of the victims who have stepped up and spoken out,” he added.

“Government bodies need to do better, US soccer needs to do better and we need to do better globally.”

England manager Sarina Wiegman said: “My first reaction was that it’s terrible, it’s unacceptable that it’s still happening and I’m very sorry for all the victims.

“It should be stopped immediately. I think it’s a worldwide thing. We have to stop this stuff. It’s terrible.”

It will be England’s first game against world number one USA since they were crowned European champions in the summer.

Wiegman’s side host the Czech Republic in another friendly in Brighton on Tuesday (8pm BST).

“At that time it was a scary situation”

Beth Mead is out with a head injury in Arsenal's win at Ajax
Beth Mead was taken off after suffering a head injury during Arsenal’s Champions League win over Ajax last week.

It will be England Without captain Leah Williamson and forward Alessia Russo for the USA game when she was forced out of the squad due to injury.

Wiegman has confirmed that Chelsea defender Millie Bright will wear the captain’s armband at Wembley.

West Ham defender Lucy Parker, who received a first-team call-up, was also dropped after picking up an injury in the Continental Cup win over London City Lionesses.

Mead replaced Arsenal in the Champions League qualifiers Ajax’s victory last week after the head collision, but it has been named as playing.

was Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall’s frustration They were then forced to play with 10 players following Mead’s injury as concussion substitutions are not allowed in the women’s Champions League.

“I’m fine now, I’ve done all the protocols, I’m back in training. It was obviously a pretty scary situation at the time,” Mead said.

“I thought the club did amazing with me and did the right thing to take me off the pitch. It’s a serious injury, I think it’s a bit disappointing. [a concussion substitution is] It’s not in place at the moment and maybe something they should look into.”