The Lionesses were straight back into training today ahead of their semi-final match against Australia on Wednesday, when the nation will grind to a halt at 11am to watch them take on the World Cup hosts.

England’s team were seen in a training session on Sunday at the Central Coast Stadium in Gosford.

But it isn’t all hard work as Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo were both photographed relaxing on a sofa while filming for ‘Lionesses Down Under’, the England team’s online programme which airs daily on YouTube.

England roared to victory yesterday in a tough 2-1 match against Colombia in their quarter-final, iconwin cheered on from afar by the Prince and Princess of Wales and David Beckham.

And the prize awaiting them this week, if they can beat the hosts on their own turf in Sydney, is the big one – a place in the World Cup final against Sweden or Spain.

Lauren Hemp and Alessia Russo filming for ‘Lionesses Down Under’, the England team’s daily online programme

England’s Ella Toone posing for a photograph in the programme’s ‘Diary Room’

The Lionesses were already back in the training ground on Sunday ahead of their semi-final match on Wednesday

England’s World Cup team were seen training at the Central Coast Stadium in Gosford on Sunday 

Millions are expected to tune in on BBC One to cheer on the Lionesses as they aim to replicate last year’s historic success at the Euros. 

The time difference has meant that games are generally being screened early in the morning, but the mid-morning slot means pubs are anticipating big crowds. The 87,000 Aussies living in the UK are also expected to be out in force.

About the Author Chara Beardsmore

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