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England Women on brink of World Cup qualification

  • 20 August 2014 09:42
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England Women have the chance to book their place at the Women’s World Cup in Canada on Thursday, as the Lionesses make the short trip to play Wales at the Cardiff City Stadium.

There will be a strong City contingent in the side, with the quartet of Karen Bardsley, Steph HoughtonJill Scott and Toni Duggan all expected to feature in the all-important clash. 

England need just a point from their final two fixtures to qualify for the tournament in Canada, and goalkeeper Bardsley wants the job done as quickly as possible.

"Any time we step onto the pitch the goal is always going to be three points," she told the FA's official website

"We approach every game the same way, regardless of what the situation might be. 

"It is true that we only need one point but everyone's focus is going to be to go out there and try to win the game."

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The shot-stopper is keen to feature in another World Cup, having played in goal back in 2011, when England crashed out on penalties against France in the quarter finals.

The American-born 'keeper is excited about the prospect of playing in the tournament across the Atlantic, declaring the experience will be special.

"The World Cup in 2011 was my first major tournament that I had the wonderful opportunity to play in," she recalled. 

"To this day it's only maybe rivalled in grandeur by the Olympics.

"I hope we qualify as soon as we can and I absolutely cannot wait to be back in that environment.

"It’s the greatest stage for women’s football that there is and it’s an absolute honour to be in a tournament like that. I’m getting goosebumps just thinking about it!"



The game against Wales is live on BBC Three on Thursday 21 August at 7.05pm.

Supporters are able to purchase their tickets for the match via the stadium ticket office hotline on 0845 345 1400, and should ask for the away end, in blocks 202 and 203.

Tickets for the game are priced out £5 for adults and £2 for concessions.

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