Canada 2015: England postpone France game after World Cup draw

Mark Sampson
Mark Sampson was appointed England women's head coach in December last year

England's proposed friendly with France has been postponed after the two nations were both drawn in Group F for the Fifa Women's World Cup in Canada.

The teams had been scheduled to face each other in April as part of their tournament preparations.

England head coach Mark Sampson said: "France approached us to postpone the friendly after the draw and following discussions we agreed to it."

Colombia and Mexico complete Group F.

England will still play USA on Friday 13 February and will now seek new opponents for their vacant friendly fixture, with kick-off times and venues to be confirmed in due course.

Sampson added: "Our intention is to prepare as thoroughly as possible for the tournament with a balance of training and matches against opponents with a variety of playing styles.

"We hope to name another opponent for our April fixture as soon as possible."

Sampson's side ended qualifying with a perfect record of 10 wins from 10 games.