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Women's World Cup 2019: Five players to watch in France

08:45 GMT+3 21/05/2019
Alex Morgan Marta Sam Kerr
Who to keep your eye on on football's biggest stage...

The 2019 Women's World Cup in France is fast approaching with the hosts kicking off the event on June 7 against South Korea.

Which superstars should you keep your eye on during the tournament?

Goal has compiled a list of five players to watch...

  • Marta Brazil SheBelieves Cup 2019

    #1 Marta (Brazil)

    The Brazilian attacker is the Queen of women's football - having won FIFA's award for best player in the game on six occasions with the last coming in 2018.

    Marta has scored a mammoth 110 goals in 133 matches for nation and has hit the back of the net at her four previous World Cups - winning the Golden Shoe and Boot in 2007 for the best player and top scorer.

    Unfortunately the 33-year-old has been unable to lead her team to glory on football's biggest stage, with a losing final in 2007 the closest Brazil has got to lifting to the cup.

    This will likely be her last chance to succeed at a World Cup but it will be a battle considering Brazil have lost their last nine games dating back to July last year.

  • Lucy Bronze England

    #2 Lucy Bronze (England)

    The brutal defender, who primarily plays at right back, is a colossus in the back line with versatility to fill a variety of roles across defence and midfield.

    Bronze captained her nation to glory at the SheBelieves Cup in 2019 as England won the tournament ahead of hosts U.S., Brazil and Japan.

    The 27-year-old won BBC women's footballer of the year in 2018 and will be a joy to watch down the right flank while she is at the peak of her game.

  • Eugenie Le Sommer France

    #3 Eugenie Le Sommer (France)

    The 29-year-old has been an absolute monolith for club side Olympique Lyon, winning the Division 1 Feminine in every one of her eight seasons and scoring an incredible 163 goals in her 175 appearances.

    While playing as on out-and-out striker for Lyon, Le Sommer slots into a false nine role for her national team and tries to bring her teammates into the game. Her scoring record is still an impressive 73 strikes in her 156 caps.

    It will be Le Sommer's third World Cup and she will be a vital contributor if France are to go all the way on home soil.

  • Alex Morgan USWNT Concacaf 2018

    #4 Alex Morgan (USWNT)

    The veteran U.S. striker has never been particularly prolific at club level, incredibly never scoring double figures in a domestic season, but has always stepped up when asked for her national team.

    Morgan has scored an extraordinary 101 goals in 162 appearances for her country since making her debut in 2010 and will again be called upon to lead her nation to glory in France.

    The 29-year-old has scored at the 2011 and 2015 World Cups, and you can count on her to figure on the scoresheet again this edition.

  • Sam Kerr Matildas

    #5 Sam Kerr (Australia)

    The Matildas superstar is the one Australian player that opposition teams will look to shut down because of her ability to win matches off her own boot.

    Kerr burst on to the scene after joining NWSL side Sky Blue in 2015 and won the competition's golden boot the following season with a 17-goal haul.

    After being traded to Chicago Red Stars for the 2018 season, the 25-year-old shook off a goal-less period in her first eight matches to eventually clinch her second consecutive golden boot with 16 strikes.

    Kerr was rewarded with a nomination for the first ever women's Ballon d'Or last year, but finished fifth in voting behind eventual winner Ada Hegerberg.