England reach World Cup semi-finalFran Kirby and the England Lionesses made history over the weekend by reaching a World Cup semi-final for the first time, defeating host nation Canada in Vancouver by two goals to one.
Within the first 15 minutes of the game, Jodie Taylor capitalised on Lauren Sesselmann's error to open her account for the tournament and send England into an early lead.
Just three minutes later, Lucy Bronze then rose highest to head Fara Williams' free-kick goal bound and double their advantage.
A Christine Sinclair goal just before the break handed Canada the momentum going into the second half, but the Lionesses were able to see out victory and reach the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time ever.
It was the second time that the squad have made history during the tournament, in the last 16 fixture, they secured their first ever Word Cup knockout stage victory with a win over Norway.
It’s the first time that a senior England squad, men’s or women’s, has reached the final four of the competition since Bobby Robson’s 1990 side.
When speaking about their achievement Sampson said: “They are history-makers again, the third ever England team to get to a semi-final. We now join the 1966 and the 1990 club, and I'm very proud of the whole group."
Reigning champions Japan is all that stands in the way of Kirby and the Lionesses, and a spot in the World Cup final. You can watch their semi-final live on BBC One from 23:40 BST on Wednesday 1st July, with commentary also available on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.
England: Bardsley (Chamberlain 52), Bronze, Houghton, Bassett, Rafferty, Moore, Williams (White 79), J Scott, Chapman, Carney (Stoney 90+3), Taylor.
Not used: A Scott, Nobbs, Aluko, Greenwood, Potter, Duggan, Sanderson, Telford, Kirby.
Canada: McLeod, Wilkinson (Matheson 62), Buchanan, Sesselmann, Chapman, Lawrence, Scott (Kyle 77), Schmidt, Tancredi (Leon 71), Belanger, Sinclair.
Not used: Zurrer, Moscato, Gayle, Filigno, Fleming, Iacchelli, Nault, Labbe, LeBlanc.