England Women's team has booked a ticket to compete in next summer's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada. This will be their third straight appearance after appearing in the previous two World Cups held in China and Germany where they made the quarterfinals stage both times.
England's spot was secured after they defeated Wales 4-0 in the latest qualifying game with goals courtesy of Karen Carney, Eniola Aluko, Laura Bassett, and Lianne Sanderson. This is England's ninth win out of nine qualifying games in which The Three Lionesses has been utterly dominant, scoring a whopping 42 goals while only conceding once.
Wales were out of the game after the first half with England scoring four times before half time including three in the last six minute. Carney opened the scoring with a free kick in the 16th minute. England doubled their advantage in the 39th minute when Aluko scored with a spectacular volley. Bassett and Sanderson added a goal each in the 44th and 45th minute. To their credit, Wales did not surrender further goals in the second half though the loss left their hopes of reaching Canada in a precarious position with just one game to go.
After the game, England's head coach Mark Sampson dedicated the win to the fans:
"The supporters since I've come in have been absolutely incredible."
"I speak for the team when I say a huge thank you to all the supporters for the support they’ve given the us – it certainly means a lot and when the players see that level of support in the stand and the messages they get on social media, then it’s a great boost for the team and a big inspiration to us."
England's final qualifying fixture will be a trip to Montenegro on September 17.