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Kazakhstan women 0-6 England women: Phil Neville's side end qualifying with victory

Isobel Christiansen
England scored three second-half goals to defeat Wales on Friday and top Group 1

A much-changed England side concluded an unbeaten Women's World Cup qualifying campaign with a thrashing of Kazakhstan in Pavlodar.

Phil Neville's team had already secured their place at France 2019 with a clinical second-half performance against Wales on Friday.

The Lionesses travelled to face Group 1's bottom side with a reduced squad of 19, as Neville took the opportunity to change his starting 11.

Arsenal's Beth Mead - one of seven players making their full England debuts - opened the scoring from the penalty spot after she had been chopped down in the area.

England, who beat Kazakhstan 5-0 in November, extended their advantage 10 minutes before half-time as Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly finished neatly from defender Hannah Blundell's cross.

Mead went close to her second early in the second half before Izzy Christiansen added a third on 54 minutes and debutant Lucy Staniforth a fourth 12 minutes later.

Mead hit the post with another penalty but did complete her double on 82 minutes before substitute Lucy Bronze added the gloss with a sixth as England made it 29 goals in eight qualifying games.

Group 1 runners-up Wales had hoped to claim a play-off place as one of the four best second-placed sides but needed both Iceland and Belgium to lose - and neither did.

However, Scotland earned a first World Cup qualification with a 2-1 victory over Albania to join England, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy and Spain in France.

England, World Cup semi-finalists in 2015, contest friendlies against Brazil and Australia in October as part of their preparations for next summer's tournament.

Neville looks to future with youth

Friday's group-deciding victory over Wales ensured England's place in France with a game to spare, allowing Neville to make wholesale changes.

But the absence of key names, including Chelsea's Fran Kirby, did not slow England's momentum as they eased to a seventh victory from eight in qualifying.

As well as Mead's brace, fellow full debutants Williamson and Blundell combined nicely in the build up to England's second goal, scored by Daly, while Reading's Lauren Bruton also caught the eye.

Bruton's tireless performance indicated the strength in depth the Lionesses possess, with the forward's shot forcing a save from which Christiansen fired home.

The experienced Bronze demonstrated her quality in the build-up to Staniforth's low strike, as an unrelenting, free-flowing England ran out clear and comfortable winners.

England will undoubtedly face much tougher tests, but Neville can at least reflect with satisfaction on the depth of talent at his disposal as he prepares the team for France 2019.

Line-ups

Kazakhstan Women

  • 18Zheleznyak
  • 2Kozhakhmet
  • 9Nurusheva
  • 15Myasnikova
  • 4Burova
  • 8Kirgizbaeva
  • 21Turlybekova
  • 7KulmagambetovaBooked at 33minsSubstituted forBortnikovaat 74'minutes
  • 17ZhumabaikyzyBooked at 88mins
  • 11KaribayevaSubstituted forGaistenovaat 43'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 23VlassovaSubstituted forVyldanovaat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Sandalova
  • 3Bagully
  • 5Demidova
  • 6Gaistenova
  • 10Vyldanova
  • 13Bortnikova
  • 19Zhaksymbay

England Women

  • 1EarpsSubstituted forTelfordat 67'minutes
  • 2Blundell
  • 6Williamson
  • 5McManus
  • 3George
  • 10Staniforth
  • 4WalshSubstituted forBronzeat 62'minutes
  • 8Christiansen
  • 7Bruton
  • 9DalySubstituted forDugganat 71'minutes
  • 11Mead

Substitutes

  • 12Bronze
  • 13Telford
  • 14Nobbs
  • 15Houghton
  • 16Bright
  • 17Duggan
  • 18Parris
Referee:
Hristiana Guteva
Attendance:
6,842

Match Stats

Home TeamKazakhstan WomenAway TeamEngland Women
Possession
Home17%
Away83%
Shots
Home0
Away26
Shots on Target
Home0
Away10
Corners
Home0
Away8
Fouls
Home23
Away6

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 4th September 2018

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England Women87102912822
2Wales Women852173417
3Russia Women84131613313
4Bos-Herze Wom8107319-163
5Kazakhstan Women8107221-193

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scotland Women87011971221
2Switzerland Women86112151619
3Poland Women83231612411
4Albania Women8116622-164
5Belarus Women8107521-163

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norway Women87012241821
2Netherlands Women86112222019
3R. of Ireland Wom8413106413
4Slovakia Women8107423-193
5N Ireland Wom8107427-233

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden Women87012222021
2Denmark Women85122281416
3Ukraine Women8413910-113
4Hungary Women8116826-184
5Croatia Women8035520-153

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women87013833521
2Iceland Women85212261617
3Czech Rep Wom84222081214
4Slovenia Women8206920-116
5Faroe Islands Women8008153-520

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy Women87011941521
2Belgium Women86112862219
3Portugal Women83232281411
4Romania Women8125715-85
5Moldova Women8017245-431

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain Women88002522324
2Austria Women85121971216
3Finland Women8314913-410
4Serbia Women8215513-87
5Israel Women8017023-231
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