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England Women defeat Sweden in final World Cup warm-up

By Tony Leighton
Women's football correspondent

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Jill Scott and Karen Carney's goals gave England a 2-0 victory over Sweden at Oxford in their final warm-up match before next month's World Cup.

Scott headed the hosts in front after 46 minutes and Carney sealed the win with her 70th-minute penalty.

England coach Hope Powell said: "We were very edgy in the first 15 minutes and Sweden were unlucky not to be in front at half-time.

"But we put things right, tightened up and might have got more goals."

Six weeks after impressively winning 2-1 against the United States, the world's top-ranked team, Powell's side beat Sweden for only the second time in 21 attempts. It was the first time since 1984, when Powell herself was in midfield.

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Hesitancy in defence had almost cost England in the early stages, most notably when right back Alex Scott's poor clearing header fell for left winger Therese Sjogran to shoot against the near post.

England recovered to have a good spell in which left back Rachel Unitt had a 17th minute shot cleared off the line by full back Sara Thunebro.

The Swedes re-gained the upper hand and goalkeeper Karen Bardsley had to make good saves from Thunebro and striker Linda Forsberg before half-time.

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England then made a great start to the second half, Scott rising at the far post to head in winger Rachel Yankey's corner.

Substitute Eni Aluko should have increased the lead in the 68th minute, racing clear of the defence but shooting against Hedvig Lindahl as the goalkeeper dashed off her line.

England's advantage was doubled though, when Carney drilled home from the spot after the Birmingham forward had been pulled back by central defender Charlotte Rohlin.

Aluko missed another good chance after bursting clear in the 79th minute, but England were comfortable throughout the closing stages to complete a deserved victory over a Sweden team ranked fifth in the world, five places higher than them.

Stoney happy with England display

Powell said: "You want to go into important tournaments on a high and knowing you're capable of beating the world's leading nations.

"We've shown we can do that in our last two matches, but the important thing is to get results when the games matter and when points are at stake. That's what we have to do when we get to the World Cup."

England (4-2-3-1): Bardsley (New Jersey) (Chamberlain (Bristol Academy) 78); A. Scott (Boston Breakers), Bradley (Lincoln), Stoney (Lincoln) (Whelan (Everton) 87), Unitt (Everton) (Rafferty (Chelsea) 46); Asante (New Jersey Sky Blue) (Houghton (Arsenal) 46); J. Scott (Everton); Clarke (Lincoln), K. Smith (Boston Breakers) (Carney (Birmingham City) 46), Yankey (Arsenal); E. White (Arsenal) (Aluko (New Jersey Sky Blue) 46).

Sweden (4-4-2): Lindahl; Svensson, Sembrant, Rholin, Thunebro; Schelin, Seger, Hammarstrom (Ekblom Bak 65), Sjogran (Almgren 81); Landstrom, Forsberg (Jakobsson 62).



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see also
Williams picked by England Women
03 May 11 |  Women
Powell challenges fringe players
14 May 11 |  Women
England Women win against US
13 Apr 11 |  Women


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