England v Spain
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 Qualifier
7pm, Thursday 1 April 2010
The Den, Millwall FC
Against Spain on Thursday, England Women’s hotshot Eniola Aluko would no doubt settle for a similar outcome to last week’s game with Austria, after her goal at Loftus Road helped the Three Lions to a 3-0 victory in their latest Women’s World Cup Qualifier.
Strike partner Lianne Sanderson set England on their way early in the first half, but they had to wait until the 68th minute before Aluko notched the second to really secure the win for Hope Powell’s team. Debutant Ellen White notched a third goal in added time.
Spain will arrive at the Den sat on top of the Group 5 table after four wins from their four games so far and an impressive goal difference to boot. However, Aluko feels that England can only go into the game with confidence though, after also winning all of their three games to date.
“We have to be confident in every game,” she said. “Without confidence, you’re not going to perform.
“Spain are a very difficult team, we saw that last year, but we have to go into the game just like we did against Austria, fully prepared and ready to perform. We’ll go in confident we can get the three points.”
With 45 caps to her name already, Aluko has played enough international football to know that some teams will always prove resilient in defence which is what she expected against the Austrians, and will most likely experience again on Thursday.
“We knew it was going to be quite difficult to break Austria down,” she revealed.
“They played with five in midfield, but we were patient and overall the second half was slightly better. We were glad to get the three points.
“Every game at this level is going to be tough. This qualification process is tough as well because you have to finish top of the group to get into the play-offs.
“We have to go in against Spain with the same attitude that we did against Austria and just give it our all. It’s going to be a tough game because everyone wants to be in a World Cup.”