Road to the World Cup: Chelsea Women international round-up

England are left frustrated and disappointed after conceding in the latter stages of their World Cup warm-up friendly on home soil against Canada...

In Friday evening’s internationals, Karen Carney (pictured above) started in her usual left flank position for the Lionesses, with Millie Bright on the bench and Carly Telford making way for Karen Bardsley in goal as Phil Neville’s side were defeated narrowly.

England conceded with 10 minutes left on the clock after being caught out by a swift Canadian counter-attack. An initial effort rattled the woodwork with the English defence confused before Canada star Christine Sinclair burst through and rifled the ball past Bardsley.

Chances presented themselves for England with both Toni Duggan and Nikita Parris going close, with Carney the provider on numerous occasions, but England Women were not their usual clinical selves.

The Blues and their England colleagues will certainly look to bounce back from the disappointment when they welcome Spain in their second friendly on Tuesday at Swindon, 7pm kick-off.

Erin Cuthbert played a crucial part in Scotland’s clash against Chile, opening the scoring after 19 minutes. The Blues striker met Kirsty Smith’s delivery by getting the better of her marker, enabling her to fire home.

However, Chile found a route back into the game soon after the break when they were gifted a penalty when the Scottish keeper, Lee Alexander, took down Daniela Zamora. Karen Araya made no mistake and stepped up to level proceedings from the spot.

Cuthbert continued to cause problems for the Chilean defence with her tenacious style of play, going close on a number of occasions, but was unable to find a breakthrough. Next up for Scotland is Brazil in another friendly on Monday.

On Thursday, Sophie Ingle’s Wales played in front of 2,168 fans at Newport’s Rodney Parade, a record attendance for Women’s football in that country. Wales created multiple chances to win the contest but they could not finish and came away frustrated in a goalless encounter against Czech Republic. Although Wales will not be heading to the Women’s World Cup this summer, they are gearing up for the Euro 2021 qualifiers.


Ramona Bachmann reached a milestone for Switzerland on Friday night but the Chelsea Women striker unfortunately could not mark her impressive 100th appearance with a goal against a Finland side containing team-mate Adelina Engman.

Jess Carter’s young Lionesses got off to a winning start in their first of three matches at the La Manga Under-23s tournament, seeing off France with a 2-1 victory.


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