Clarke looks back on her goal against USA in 2011

Thursday 12 Feb 2015
Jess Clarke has scored 10 goals in 46 England caps

Ahead of England’s mouth-watering clash against USA, Jess Clarke sat down with FATV to talk us through her goal in the Three Lions’ 2-1 victory the last time the two sides met.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring at Brisbane Road in 2011 in what would be England’s first win over the Stars and Stripes in 23 years.

Rachel Yankey added a stunning second and, although Megan Rapinoe pulled one back for the visitors before half-time, England held on for a famous win.

England 2-1 USA, April 2011

Clarke said: “I remember it like yesterday. Just seeing [the ball], and the connection and thumping it in the back of the net.

“It’s one that will always stay in my memory. I’ve watched it over and over if I’m honest.

“It’s something that you dream of as a kid. It was a dream come true for me, and not only that, but to win was just the cherry on top.”

Clarke is in the England squad for Friday's high-profile World Cup warm-up match at MK Dons.

USA have won seven of the 11 meetings between the two sides. They lost just three of their 24 matches in 2014 – and they slipped to a 2-1 defeat by France on Sunday.

England won all ten World Cup qualifiers and have only lost twice under head coach Mark Sampson.

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By Glenn Lavery