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Minute-by-minute report: Can Sarina Wiegman’s England keep up their perfect start in qualifying? Find out with Luke McLaughlin.
Three changes from Wiegman for this evening: Beth England, Georgia Stanway and Lotte Wubben-Moy come into the side with Fran Kirby, Demi Stokes and Rachel Daly on the bench.
England: Earps, Bright, Wubben-Moy, Walsh, Greenwood, Toone, Mead, Stanway, White, England, Hemp. Substitutes: Charles, MacIver, Kirby, Carter, Daly, Nobbs, Stokes, Scott, Hampton, Russo, Zelem.
Four changes for Latvia, who have not played since the 10-0 drubbing by England, including a new goalkeeper in Laura Sinutkina, for Enija Anna Vaivode.
Latvia: Sinutkina, Tumane, Gaike, Freidenfelde, Lubina, Senberga, Zaicikova, Gornela, Voitane, Baliceva, Gergeleziu. Substitutes: Lindermane, Sklemenova, Lodzina, Rozascenoka, Smirnova, Vingrevica, Vitmore, Gricijenko, Skribina, Brahmane.
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She scored the winner on Saturday, and said afterwards that she doesn’t like to talk about Kelly Smith’s England scoring record. But privately, Ellen White will surely be disappointed if she doesn’t at least equal that record this evening. White’s winner against Austria was her 45th international goal. Smith has 46.
News from yesterday:
“Nikita Parris has been sent home from the England camp for “a few days off” as Sarina Wiegman attempts to manage the workload of her players. “There’s not a big problem – she is OK,” the England manager said, when asked why the Arsenal forward had left the squad on the eve of the World Cup qualifier against Latvia.”
Related: Nikita Parris sent home from England training camp over workload concerns
Some thoughts here from Suzanne Wrack on Millie Bright after the win against Austria, a player who looks increasingly commanding in her centre-back role:
Related: Millie Bright looking imperious and undroppable as England’s anchor | Suzanne Wrack
Sarina Wiegman’s England added a fifth win out of five in World Cup qualifying on Saturday, and it was by far the most demanding match of the campaign, with Ellen White’s 45th goal for her country – on the occasion of her 100th cap – proving the difference between the teams.
This evening’s match against Latvia in Doncaster should see a return to the regular programming of comfortable victories, unless something bizarre happens and Latvia transform themselves from the team that lost 10-0 to England in Riga last month.
England have now scored 33 unanswered goals in five matches, so a victory is all but assured, while it promises to be an emotional occasion for the on-form Millie Bright, who took the captain’s armband for the first time in Saturday’s win against Austria, and will do so again this evening on her return to the city and the stadium where her professional career began.
Pre-match reading, team news and much more coming right up.
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