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BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France­ — England and Scotland will meet each other in their opening game at the 2019 women’s World Cup in France after being placed in the same group in Saturday’s draw alongside former winners Japan and Argentina.

The ceremony at La Seine Musicale in this city just outside Paris also set reigning champion United States up for a clash with Thailand to begin its defense of the title.

Meanwhile, host France was given a meeting with South Korea in the opening game of the 24-team tournament at the Parc des Princes in Paris on 7 June as Les Bleus hope to match their male counterparts, who won this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The finals will be played on 7 July in Lyon, the 58,000-seat stadium in the city that is home to the women’s Champions League holders.

For England, the draw co-hosted by its former star Alex Scott handed it the tantalizing prospect of an opening game in Group D against old rivals Scotland in Nice on 9 June.

They also met in their opening group game at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands with England romping to a 6-0 victory on its way to a semifinal defeat against the host country.

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