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England 6 (Mead pen 9,82, Daly 35, Christiansen 54, Staniforth 66, Bronze 87)>
England 6 (Mead pen 9,82, Daly 35, Christiansen 54, Staniforth 66, Bronze 87)
England completed their FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 6-0 win in Kazakhstan.
Beth Mead netted a goal in each half while Rachel Daly, Isobel Christiansen, Lucy Staniforth and Lucy Bronze completed the rout.
The result means Phil Neville's side, who clinched their place at France 2019 with a 3-0 win over Wales last Friday, finished top of Group One with seven wins and a draw from their eight matches.
Neville took the unorthodox step of naming his team a day early, rather than the standard practice of 75 minutes before kick off, and handed seven players their full debuts. The starting eleven had an average age of just under 24 as Neville kept his promise of giving youth a chance in this final qualifier.
Manchester City midfielder Keira Walsh, 21, captained her country for the first time in what was just her seventh appearance and former U20s and Under-23s team mates Leah Williamson, Gabby George and Hannah Blundell lined up in defence in front of Wolfsburg keeper Mary Earps, all of whom, along with Arsenal striker Beth Mead, were making their first competitive starts at senior level.
Mead, prolific at youth team level, was making just her fourth appearance at senior level, her first from the start, and it took her just nine minutes to open her England account when she converted from the penalty spot after she had been upended in the area.
Rachel Daly, playing as a striker, slotted home the second ten minutes before half time when she converted a low cross from Blundell.
England continued to dictate after the break and extended their lead when Izzy Christiansen followed up to score after Bruton's initial shot had been saved. Staniforth then marked her debut by drilling home the fourth with a low shot from the edge of the area.
Mead added her second, and the Lionesses' fifth, on 82 minutes. She might have had a hat-trick but hit a second penalty against the post midway through the second half.
The scoring was rounded off three minutes from time by substitute Lucy Bronze following more good work by the impressive Bruton.
England: Mary Earps (sub Carly Telford 67mins), Hannah Blundell, Gabby George, Keira Walsh (sub Lucy Bronze 62mins), Abbie McManus, Leah Williamson, Lauren Bruton, Izzy Christiansen, Rachel Daly (sub Toni Duggan 67mins), Lucy Staniforth, Beth Mead. Subs not used: Jordan Nobbs, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Nikita Parris.
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