England book place at World Cup

Alex in action for England at the Euros in Sweden
Alex in action for England at the Euros in Sweden

England Women sailed through to next year's World Cup finals in Canada, with a thumping 4-0 win over Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Gunners duo Jordan Nobbs and Alex Scott featured in Mark Sampson's starting eleven with Casey Stoney and Sio Chamberlain named on the bench.

Goals from Karen Carney, Eniola Aluko, Laura Bassett and Lianne Sanderson earned the victory for the Three Lionesses, meaning they continue their impressive qualifying campaign, having notched a 100 per cent record in Group Six with 42 goals scored and just one conceded.

The result could have been even more convincing for Mark Sampson's side but undoubtedly, the group leaders will be content with a stunning triumph, which was all but sealed in the first-half.

From the off, it was clear a draw was not on the agenda for the away side, as the visitors looked to lay siege on the Welsh goal as soon as possible.

It took just 16 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, as Carney curled in a free-kick from the left, which deceived everyone and bounced into the back of the net.

Jordan Nobbs hit the woodwork before a flurry of strikes at the end of the half sealed a four-goal cushion for Sampson's side.

Aluko doubled the lead, chesting the ball down from a throw in and smashing it into the back of the net. Then just four minutes later, Bassett poked home from close range.

The celebrations had barely died down when England added a fourth as Sanderson headed in Alex Scott's inch-perfect cross.

A fine night's work earned the points needed to ensure qualification and Sampson's side can now book their flights to their third successive World Cup finals.

The Three Lionesses take on Montenegro on  September to conclude their impressive group adventure.

The World Cup takes place in Canada from June 6 to July 5 and will include 24 teams for the first time.

With thanks to the WSL 

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