Belfast Telegraph

World Cup: Lionesses upbeat on knockout chances

Karen Carney believes England's team spirit will prove key as they look to secure a place in the knockout stages of the World Cup.

The Lionesses will head to Montreal for tomorrow's final Group F clash against Colombia on a high following the 2-1 victory over Mexico at the Moncton Stadium in New Brunswick.

Head coach Mark Sampson had made plenty of positive changes following the disappointment of an opening defeat to France.

Birmingham City captain Carney believes such a healthy competition for a place in the starting XI can only bode well for hopes of making an impact on the latter stages.

"The team did really well and dealt with the pressure. We dug deep when we needed to and got the result," Carney said.

England had started Saturday bottom of Group F but are now second behind Colombia, who recorded a 2-0 victory over Les Bleues.

With the top two qualifying automatically, along with the four best third-placed teams, Sampson knows just what was on the line and believes England can emerge stronger from it.

"It was a huge positive for us because we are going to have to handle pressure in this tournament," he said.

Belfast Telegraph