Jodie feels Taylor-made for World Cup selection

Friday 10 Apr 2015
Taylor put England 2-0 up against China in their World Cup warm-up
Jodie Taylor said it would "mean everything" if she were to be selected in England Women's World Cup squad.

The 28-year-old was on target as Mark Sampson's side edged China 2-1 at Manchester City's new Academy Stadium in their final home match before Canada 2015.

England 2-1 China

A Women's International
7.30pm, Thursday 9 April 2015
Academy Stadium, Manchester

It was also the Lionesses' last chance to impress their head coach before he names his 23-player World Cup squad in May.

And Taylor, who made her debut against Sweden last August, is hoping she has done enough to guarantee her place on the plane.

She told "It would mean everything to me.

"I've worked so hard for years to get into this England team. I just hope all my hard work pays off.

"Because we have done so much preparation as a team, on and off the pitch, it will almost feel like a relief when we get to Canada.

"Fingers crossed I'm selected."

Taylor opened the scoring against China after just 59 seconds, sweeping home strike partner Fran Kirby's low, left-wing cross.

It was her fourth goal in her last five internationals, following her hat-trick against Australia at last month's Cyprus Cup.

She added: "I'm delighted with the goal. I didn't expect to score in the first minute though.

"It was great build up play from the team and an awesome ball across the box from Fran. I just kept it low and thankfully it beat the keeper.

"I think we can be happy with the performance, especially in the first half. We exploited them in the areas we wanted to.

"They changed a couple of things in the second half which made things harder for us going forward. But overall I think it was a decent performance to lead us into the World Cup."

Taylor and Kirby, who smashed home England's second goal on 10 minutes, started up front together just as they did against Australia in Cyprus and USA at MK Dons in February.

And the Portland Thorns striker believes they make a good partnership.

Taylor said: "We complement each other well.

"She's someone that likes to get on the ball and I like to get in behind. We work well together and we both work hard defensively as well which is a huge thing.

"But I think we showed in Cyprus that we've got a lot of different combinations of forwards that can work well together."

England have one final warm-up match, against Canada on Friday 29 May, before they begin their World Cup campaign.

They will take on France on Tuesday 9 June in Moncton before facing Mexico on 13 June and Colombia on 17 June.

By Glenn Lavery at Academy Stadium, Manchester