England in Women’s World CupJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
England thrashed Wales 4-0 last night at the Cardiff City Stadium, securing their place in the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
The English side were unstoppable as they walked all over the Welsh team to win their ninth consecutive World Cup qualifier. This victory confirmed their place at the Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015.
Karen Carney, Eniola Aluko, Laura Bassett and Lianne Sanderson each scored, which was enough to secure the 4-0 win over Wales and gain the point they needed to qualify.
Wales can still make it through to the World Cup next year if they make the playoffs.
England Women’s World Cup track record is one of moderate success. They have reached the quarter finals three times but never made it past the last eight. Their form this year however looks stronger than ever and the team are confident of progressing further than ever.
The England side conceded just a single goal throughout their qualifying matches and proved incredibly powerful in attack, scoring 42 times. Their efficiency up front was displayed yet again in Cardiff, scoring three of their goals in the space of six minutes just before half time,
Karen Carney’s free-kick was the first goal of the game and within minutes Jordan Nobbs nearly scored a second.
Before the break Eniola Aluko volleyed the ball into the corner from 15 yards out, Laura Bassett then knocked in a corner and Lianne Sanderson followed up with a header just minutes later.
Wales had several good attempts to score but failed to break England’s resilient defence.
Wales’ World Cup hopes now rest on their remaining qualifying games as they’ll need to finish as top 4 runners-up in Europe to make the playoffs.
Mark Sampson, England manager, commented: “I’m really proud of all the group, the players and staff, that we managed to achieve this with a game to spare. So far we’ve won every game and we got another clean sheet, so huge credit to the whole group for putting us in this position. We are delighted now to be going to Canada.”