How England's Lionesses should line up vs Denmark in crucial Women's World Cup clash: Time to unleash Lauren James as Ella Toone's form continues to underwhelm

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England resume their 2023 Women's World Cup campaign on Friday, with the European champions taking on Denmark, the Euro 2017 finalists, in what many believe will be the game to decide top spot in Group D. Led by Bayern Munich star Pernille Harder, the Scandinavian nation are sure to be a difficult opponent and will be confident after beating China 1-0 in dramatic fashion last Saturday.

A couple of hours before that result, England had picked up three points in their opening game after winning by the same scoreline. The two matches were extremely different, though. While Denmark and China struggled to carve out opportunities in a rather uneventful affair, the Lionesses' clash with Haiti was incredibly open, with both teams able to get in behind the other often.

That was positive on one side for Sarina Wiegman's team, with them creating plenty of chances even if they needed a Georgia Stanway penalty to win the game. Several chances were spurned over the course of the game but, as the old cliche goes, the concern is when you're not making those opportunities rather than when you are missing them.

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That said, could we see a change in England's attack for this fixture to address the issue? This wasn't a one off, after all. The Euro 2022 winners have only scored once from open play since February.

At the other end, the number of times Haiti were able to get in behind the Lionesses' defence was a concern, with captain Millie Bright looking rusty in her first competitive outing since March. Will there be tweaks there, too?

GOAL takes a look at who should be in England's line-up on Friday...