England's Eniola Aluko wants redemption against Mexico

Friday 12 Jun 2015
England striker Eniola Aluko

England’s match against Mexico on Saturday will provide Eniola Aluko with the opportunity to exorcise some demons.

The Lionesses will take on Leonardo Cuellar’s side in their second group match at Canada 2015.

The two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the World Cup in Germany four years ago.

England v Mexico

FIFA Women's World Cup 2015
Group F
9pm BST, Saturday 13 June
Moncton Stadium, New Brunswick
Live on BBC Three

Aluko was heavily criticised on social media for the chances she missed during that game.

But after plundering 13 goals in 10 World Cup qualifiers, bringing her England tally to 32 in 92, the Chelsea striker now feels ready to prove the doubters wrong.

She said: “In that game against Mexico I could have done much better and finished the chances I had, but that's only motivation for me.

“I think I definitely owe Mexico one. But I'm not thinking too much about the past.”

Aluko played as a lone striker in England’s 1-0 defeat by France on Tuesday and earned plaudits for her work rate against the third-best team in the FIFA rankings.

They now face a Mexico team which drew 1-1 with Colombia in their own World Cup opener – a result which England can capitalise on at the weekend. 

A win would put the Lionesses right back in the frame for a place in the last 16.

Aluko has yet to find the net in a World Cup match, though she says she is ready to end her tournament drought.

The 28-year-old added: “I've got another opportunity. It's exciting.

“I've scored a lot of goals for club and country and hopefully I can do that at the World Cup.

“I look forward, and if you're excited about doing well and wanting to perform you're going to be there or thereabouts.”

By Glenn Lavery in Moncton, New Brunswick