England’s Olympic qualification has been put in jeopardy following Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Belgium.

The defeat puts the Lionesses third in their Women’s Nations League table with two matches remaining. They sit one point back of Belgium, with Belgium holding the advantage on goal differential. Perhaps even more concerning is the fact that it was England’s third loss in five games.

“First of all we have to beat the Netherlands by more than one goal at Wembley [in December] so we know we have work to do,” Sarina Wiegman told ITV. “We have put ourselves in a hard position.”

The 2023 World Cup runners-up face the Netherlands at 2:45 p.m. ET on Dec. 1. The Lionessess lost to the Oranje in their most recent match, a 2-1 defeat in September. And while injuries to key players like Leah Williamson and Beth Mead have plagued the team, there have been other worrying signs.

The Lionesses have allowed six goals in four Women’s Nations League matches. In just seven games, they have just one clean sheet. They’re also not converting their chances. They held possession 73% of the match and had 18 shots – but just five were on target. Belgium, meanwhile scored from three of five total attempts.

“This was a game [where] I think we should have been tighter on the ball,” Wiegman said. “The tempo wasn’t great but we did create lots of chances and we dominated the game totally. We lost the ball and we knew they were dangerous on the counter-attack. It was us that made it hard for ourselves. It’s something we have to get out of our game. We have to do better in the final third.

“We were sloppy on the ball and they were ready for that. They play their long ball and they are gone [on the counter-attack].”

Even still, England players are confident that they can keep their Olympic hopes alive.

“We’ve still got a good chance, we play our next game against the Netherlands at Wembley – a stadium where we like to step up and against a team that we played quite recently,” Lucy Bronze said. “We’ll put this game to bed and look forward to playing the Netherlands and Scotland. They are two really tough games. We’ve left ourselves with a little bit more to do – but it’s not impossible.”

England defender Lucy Bronze is set to be out “a couple of weeks” after undergoing knee surgery.

The fullback went down in the 65th minute of the first leg of Barcelona’s Champions League semifinal on Saturday. She clutched at her knee before hopping off the field, though she later returned to shake hands with Chelsea’s players after Barcelona’s 1-0 win.

In his post-match comments, Barcelona manager Jonatan Giraldez said Bronze was “feeling much better.”

“Initially Lucy was a bit worried about her injury. She felt her pain in her knee, but now she’s feeling much better about it,” Giraldez said, per SkySports. “She felt pain in the knee but I think she’s fine right now. I was talking to her immediately after the game. It was scary at first but right now I think she’s fine.”

On Wednesday, Giraldez gave an update on Bronze, who has a long history of knee injuries and subsequent surgeries.

“She has lots of experience, the feelings are good with her knee,” he said. “She has a strain, an ailment. It’s a tiny intervention, just a couple of weeks. Lucy has been important for us. We have plenty of players here and I know we have players that can step in.”

In a Twitter post, Bronze called the surgery “successful.”

“In very good spirits after my knee op yesterday,” she wrote. “Thankful for all the kind messages, I couldn’t ask for better support. Currently working hard towards a speedy recovery to get back on the pitch with my team.”

The surgery is reason for concern for England fans as player injuries pile up. Captain Leah Williamson will miss the World Cup after suffering an ACL tear last week. Forward Beth Mead could also miss the tournament while recovering from her own ACL tear, and midfielder Kim Little is currently out with a hamstring injury.

England had its 30-match unbeaten streak snapped in a friendly against Australia earlier this month. Still, the reigning Euro champions remain among the favorites to win this summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Two days after Leah Williamson was ruled out of the 2023 Women’s World Cup with an ACL tear, England dealt with another injury scare on Saturday when Lucy Bronze went down in the 65th minute of Barcelona’s Champions League semifinal versus Chelsea.

Bronze clutched her knee and then hopped off the field, a concerning sight. But she returned to the pitch at the conclusion of the game, which Barcelona won 1-0, to shake hands with Chelsea players.

In his post-match comments, Barcelona manager Jonatan Giraldez said Bronze was “feeling much better.”

“Initially Lucy was a bit worried about her injury, she felt her pain in her knee, but now she’s feeling much better about it,” Giraldez said, per SkySports.

“She felt pain in the knee but I think she’s fine right now. I was talking to her immediately after the game. It was scary at first but right now I think she’s fine.”

Bronze, 31, has a long history of knee injuries and subsequent surgeries, resulting in lingering pain.

“I’ve just got to play through it,” Bronze said last year. “There are plenty of players who are having to play through pain in their career and I’m now one of them.”

England has seen multiple players go down with injury in the last year, dampening the squad’s World Cup prospects. Beth Mead’s World Cup chances are doubtful after the 27-year-old ruptured her ACL in November, while Millie Bright’s status is also up-in-the-air.

England’s Euros title may be less than 48 hours old, but the Lionesses already have their sights set on a bigger trophy.

“I feel on top of Europe, but there’s still one more we can get our hands on,” defender Lucy Bronze said during Monday’s celebration at Trafalgar Square.

“There’s a little star missing from our crest on the England shirt,” added Bronze, referencing the star that sits on a team’s crest to signify a World Cup victory. “That’s definitely a mission of ours to get that star there.”

England sits atop its World Cup qualifying group and needs just one point in the final UEFA group-stage window to seal a trip to Australia and New Zealand for the tournament next summer.

The Lionesses could get that point in early September against Austria or Luxembourg. If England lost both of its final two group-stage matches, it would advance to a playoff in October.

The team’s confidence in its ability to qualify, however, is made clear by its announcement Tuesday. England has scheduled a match against the USWNT in October – during the UEFA playoff window.

Ella Toone echoed Bronze’s statement, saying the team “wants more.”

“We always want more,” said Toone. “We’ve been waiting a long, long time for this and now we’ve got it, we want more.

“We want to go to the World Cup and do exactly what we’ve just done.”

England remains undefeated under manager Sarina Wiegman, who has 18 wins and two ties in 20 matches with the Lionesses.

The 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro is currently underway in England, providing the country an opportunity to put the women’s game on center stage.

Thanks to the burgeoning popularity of the country’s domestic league, the Women’s Super League, the sport is experiencing a surge in status and enjoying increased investment. The WSL’s expansion was highlighted when the league, Sky Sports and the BBC announced a landmark three-year agreement beginning with the 2021-2022 season.

Lucy Bronze, a veteran English defender, has seen firsthand how far the women’s game has come. Speaking with The New York Times, Bronze recalled working a side job at Domino’s Pizza while balancing her role as a star on Everton.

Now, players are relishing bigger deals and a growing fan base.

“Here we are, in 2022, and players get like helicopters to do appearances,” Bronze told the New York Times. “Do you know what I mean? It’s gone so far, so quickly, and I don’t think anyone could have forecast how huge it was going to be.”

England’s Euro matches will air on the BCC, with record crowds expected throughout the tournament.

The sport, however, is working against substantial obstacles, with a slice of the English public harboring troubling feelings about women’s sports. The New York Times cites a Durham University study from early 2022 that shows two-thirds of 2,000 male soccer fans polled hold “openly misogynistic attitudes toward women’s sports” across age groups.

The Euro tournament has also come under fire for hosting some matches at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, a venue that has a capacity of just 4,700.

Players, though, hope that a home tournament featuring some of the best soccer stars in the world will help the game’s growing popularity.

“We’ve seen, over the years, how much the women’s game has grown,” England’s Lauren Hemp said. “I think having this home tournament is only going to help it grow even more.”

England will continue on its Euro quest when it faces Norway at 3 p.m. ET Monday at Falmer Stadium, a venue with a capacity of 31,800.

England superstar Lucy Bronze is heading to European powerhouse Barcelona, with the club announcing the news Saturday.

The 30-year-old defender signed a two-year deal with Barcelona, joining the team on free transfer from Manchester City.

Bronze made 111 appearances in her two-year tenure with the Women’s Super League club, taking home five trophies.

Representing England at this summer’s European Championship, Bronze will connect with her new team after the tournament.

Bronze joins Barcelona on the heels of a landmark season, with the club completing a domestic treble, winning all 30 of their league matches while making a Champions League final run before falling to Lyon in the title game.

England defender Lucy Bronze is considering a move to the NWSL, according to Telegraph Sport.

Her contract with Manchester City expires this summer, and she reportedly has received multiple offers from NWSL clubs. According to the Telegraph, Bronze is looking to wind up with a club on the West Coast. As of right now, that would mean one of four NWSL clubs: OL Reign, Portland Thorns FC and expansion sides Angel City FC and San Diego Wave FC.

Bronze is a three time Women’s Champions League winner with Olympique Lyonnais. She then returned to Manchester City in 2020, helping the team win the FA Cup and this season’s League cup. The team made it all the way to Sunday’s FA Cup final, where it lost to Chelsea in extra time.

Following the loss, Bronze took to Twitter saying she was “absolutely gutted” about the result.

“We really wanted to lift the trophy and fought hard until the last second,” she wrote. “I’m proud of the way the team played and I want to thank the fans for the unbelievable support throughout the whole season.”

The England national team player played college soccer at North Carolina before joining Everton. She had a first stint with Manchester City from 2014-2017 before joining Lyon. Reportedly, Bronze – who won the FIFA Best Player of the Year Award in 2020 – doesn’t want to play for another team in England “because of her respect and fondness for the club.”

If she were to make the move to the NWSL, the 30-year-old’s rights are currently held by Kansas City, according to the Telegraph. So another team would have to acquire her rights before signing her to a contract.

Bronze has played with a few current NWSL players while at City, taking the field with OL Reign’s Rose Lavelle and Kansas City’s Sam Mewis during their stints with the English club.

The move could be further complicated by the fact that Bronze has a busy summer. She’ll be with England trying to help the country win the European Championships — which the team will be playing at home. If she were to make the move, she likely wouldn’t grace an NWSL field until 2023.

Bronze isn’t the first player for an English club to have been in talks to leave. Vivianne Miedema, who has been with Arsenal since 2017, had been linked to reigning UEFA Women’s Champions League title holder Barcelona before returning to Arsenal on a one-year deal.

In this week’s episode of The Soccer Show, Former English international Laura Bassett joins Haley Kopmeyer and Dave Copeland-Smith to break down who we can expect to see from the Super League on Team GB’s Olympic roster.

Lucy Bronze, Manchester City

Bassett says Bronze is an absolute lock for Team GB, even declaring the defender as one of the best players in the world. Her winning mentality, Bassett says, will be critical for the team’s success at the Olympics.

Caroline Weir, Manchester City

The Scottish international gets Bassett’s vote for the Olympic roster because of the versatility and offensive production Weir brings to the midfield, something the team is currently lacking.

Jill Scott, Everton

Scott’s decision to leave Manchester City for Everton will likely pay off with a ticket to the Olympics, according to Bassett. With more minutes at Everton, the English midfielder has shown the energy and leadership she can bring to a team.

Kim Little,Arsenal

Kim Little, the set piece queen (or at least that’s what Bassett calls her) is a lock as well. The Scottish footballer has come up clutch again and again for Arsenal, and for that reason, we should expect to see her on Team GB in the Olympics.

Watch the full episode below: