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How Fran Kirby made history for England

13 June 2015

Royals striker helps Lionesses to victory

Royals striker Fran Kirby scored on her first World Cup start as England beat Mexico 2-1 on Saturday evening.

Kirby produced an excellent second half finish to put England in front, with Karen Carney doubling the advantage before a late consolation from Fabiola Ibarra.

At 21, Kirby is the second-youngest player in Mark Sampson's squad and the only from WSL2.

She is the only professional in Reading's ladies team and has been with the Royals since a very young age - so it was a very proud moment for Fran, her family and the ladies' team.

England now face Colombia in their final group game, and a point would hopefully be enough to secure passage to the next round.

Manager Sampson said, "We knew it was a crucial day for us. The France result [losing 1-0] was such a big shock that we had to handle that extra pressure. If we'd lost we could have been going home and it was great for the players to experience that.

"We looked tight in the first 10 minutes but they showed their maturity, we changed it tactically and we controlled our emotions.

"We still have areas to improve but we have laid some good foundations, and we want to kick on."

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