Mark Sampson: Door still open for World Cup squad place

Friday 10 Apr 2015
England line-up ahead of their win over China in Manchester

Mark Sampson has emphasised that there is still time for players to work their way into his World Cup plans.

The England Women’s head coach guided his side to a 2-1 win over China on Thursday night in their final match before he names his 23-player squad for Canada 2015.

He said: "The door's open.

England 2-1 China

A Women's International
Thursday 9 April
Academy Stadium, Manchester

"The most pleasing thing for me is I'm going to be sat there on 10 May umming and aahing over who's going to be the best players to go on the trip. 

"It's important we get the right players and the right people.

"We've got to be sure we get the right blend. There's still a great opportunity for the players to force my hand. They've got big domestic games coming up.

"This was a great chance in a white jersey – the other players need that opportunity to go back to their clubs and perform."

Jodie Taylor opened the scoring after 59 seconds and Fran Kirby doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.

Wang Shanshan pulled one back for the visitors after Jade Moore thumped the post, but England held firm to ensure their World Cup send-off ended in victory at Manchester City’s new Academy Stadium.

Sampson added: “I think this was an important result.

"We scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and should have scored four with the chances we had.

"When we conceded a sloppy one from the corner the momentum changed."

England have one more match, against John Herdman’s World Cup hosts on Friday 29 May, before they open their Group F campaign against France on Tuesday 9 June.

They then face Mexico on 13 June and Colombia on 17 June.

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