National side face Canada in World Cup quarter-final on SundayFran Kirby and England Women will make history when they take to the field against Canada in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Vancouver on Sunday morning.
The Lionesses’ last-16 victory over Norway on Monday night was their first ever knockout stage win at a World Cup and a repeat performance would see them make more history.
Kirby started England’s comeback win over Norway, playing 54 minutes before she was replaced by Jill Scott. The Reading striker has started the Lionesses’ last three matches, against Mexico, Colombia and the Norwegians.
Hosts Canada are unbeaten in the tournament thus far, conceding only one goal in their four matches. At the other end of the field, they have scored three goals in their four matches, picking up two 1-0 wins, a goalless draw and a 1-1 stalemate.
England, meanwhile, have bagged two goals in each of their last three games, with Kirby notching their first of the tournament in the 2-1 win over Mexico. Captain Steph Houghton and full-back Lucy Bronze were both on target in the Lionesses’ victory over Norway last time out.
Fans can watch England take on Canada on BBC One from 00.00 on Sunday, kick-off 12.30am.