Hope Powell says her side deserved their 3-1 Cyprus Cup victory over New Zealand
England 3-1 New Zealand
12.30pm GMT, Monday 11 March 2013
by Glenn Lavery
Hope Powell says England deserved their Cyprus Cup victory over New Zealand.
Her side went in at half-time trailing to Amber Hearn’s seventh-minute opener.
But second-half strikes from substitutes Ellen White and Toni Duggan, either side of an Eniola Aluko goal, turned the game around and booked the Three Lions a place in Wednesday’s final against London 2012 bronze medallists Canada.
Powell said: "I thought we were worthy winners.
"We rode the storm in the first half, against the wind, and at 1-0 down you've always got a chance. We worked harder in the second half, applied a bit more pressure in the centre of the park and it worked.
“I brought the players on to win the game and that's exactly what they did. But I thought everybody played well today, everybody played their part.
"It was a pleasing performance.”
This win has set up a repeat of the 2009 Cyprus Cup final which England won 3-1. The last time the two nations met, in 2011, Canada ran out 2-0 victors.
They also knocked Team GB out of the Olympics last summer and Powell believes this match will test her side’s Euro 2013 credentials.
She added: "Canada will be a really good opportunity to see where we are because they are a very, very good side. They play in a formation that can be difficult to come up against, a bit like New Zealand did.
"Our game plan worked against New Zealand so we just have to make sure we do that against Canada.
"At the Olympics, they started the game so much quicker than we did. We are going to have to be ready from the off.
“They are very physical and they use that to their advantage. We've got to be prepared for that and do what we are good at, which is moving the ball around quickly.
"It will be a good contest."
13 Siobhan Chamberlain, 2 Alex Scott, 3 Steph Houghton (19 Rachel Unitt 46), 4 Jill Scott, 5 Sophie Bradley (18 Laura Bassett, 66), 6 Casey Stoney (C) (8 Anita Asante, 46), 7 Karen Carney (12 Fara Williams, 46), 9 Eniola Aluko, 11 Rachel Yankey (20 Toni Duggan, 79), 15 Jess Clarke (14 Ellen White, 69), 17 Jordan Nobbs
Subs not used 1 Karen Bardsley, 16 Dunia Susi, 21 Rachel Brown, 22 Rachel Williams.