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

Meade (left) provided the assist for England’s goal as they were beaten 2-1 by USA in the 2019 World Cup semi-final

England players will show support for the United States when they play a friendly at Wembley on Friday after an investigation revealed “systemic” abuse and bad behavior in their national league.

The findings, from an independent survey of America’s National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), were was released earlier this week.

“We are in contact with Team USA. We are working on our support with them,” said England forward Beth Mead.

“Will we do something”.

Governing body US Soccer said it would move immediately to implement reforms after the findings were published.

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

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

captain of the usa Becky Sauerbrunn said players were “horrified and disheartened” by the findings, while ext Crystal Dunn told BBC Sport it’s “hard to find joy in the game.”

Mead said she was “sick of the situation” when asked for her thoughts on the report.

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

“The governing bodies have to do better, American football has to do better and globally we have to do better.”

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

“It should stop immediately. I think it’s a global thing. We have to stop this stuff. It’s horrible.”

It will be England’s first game against the USA, who are ranked number one in the world after being crowned European champions in the summer.

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

“At the time it was a scary situation”

Beth Meade was taken off with a head injury in Arsenal's win over Ajax
Beth Meade was taken off after suffering a head injury in Arsenal’s Champions League win over Ajax last week.

England will be without captain Leah Williamson and forward Alessia Russo for the USA match after being 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 had received her first team call-up, also withdrew after picking up an injury in their Continental Cup win over London City Lionesses.

Mead was replaced in Arsenal’s Champions League qualifying round win over Ajax last week after a head collision but has been cleared to play.

There was frustration from Arsenal boss Jonas Eidevall after being forced to play with 10 men following Mead’s injury because 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. Obviously it was a bit scary at the time,” Mead said.

“I thought the club did amazing with me and did the right thing to get me off the pitch. It’s such a serious injury, I think it’s a bit disappointing [a concussion substitution is] it’s not in their place right now and something they might have to look at.”

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