• Karen Carney opens scoring after 15 minutes in Canada
  • Fara Williams nets penalty to double England’s lead over Colombia
  • Meanwhile, France have raced into a 4-0 lead over Mexico in other game 
  • England XI: Bardsley, A Scott, Houghton, Stoney, Greenwood, Williams, Moore, Nobbs, Duggan, Kirby, Carney
  • England will be hoping to replicate result against Group F rivals Mexico
  • Three Lionesses lost opener against France before picking up three points 
  • Second-placed England go into match behind opponents Colombia
  • Top two in all six groups automatically go through to the last 16
  • Four highest placed teams who finish third will also progress to next round
  • Kick off in Montreal is scheduled for 9pm (BST) 

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Arsenal’s Casey Stoney appears to be in some difficult. Mark Sampson was just about to make a change but it looks like he may have to take Stoney off if she continues to struggle with injury.

Colombia are finally showing some kind of form. Lady Andrade is growing in prominence. Rincon just shot from distance but her effort fails to trouble Bardsley. 

England haven’t had to move out of third gear in this match. Colombia have been nothing short of disappointing and do not look like they are going to trouble the Three Lionesses.

Lady Andrade will have to be at her best if Colombia are going to have any chance of pulling at least one goal back. Her quick feet are frightening.

Colombia’s Lady Andrade goes for a run

England are currently second because of France’s superior goal difference. The Three Lionesses are just one goal behind France at the moment. They will have to score at least two more in order to leapfrog France due to the previous result between the two sides. 

Mark Sampson’s side will go into the second half with a two-goal lead thanks to goals by Carney and Williams. Carney used her goalscoring instincts to put the Three Lionesses in the lead before Williams doubled the scoring from the spot. There will be much debate about the penalty but England will not care.

Karen Bardsley hasn’t had much to do but has just made an impressive save. She makes herself big to close down the angle and keep the score at 2-0.

Colombia have really struggled to deal with the threat posed by Carney, Kirby and Co. Lady Andrade has shown one brief glimpse of brilliance but has not influenced the game ever since.

The score in the other group match is now 4-0. It looks like first spot will be out of England’s reach now but they do have a firm grip on second place following Williams’ goal.

England are awarded a penalty after Arias slides on the floor to save a shot. Fara Williams keeps her cool to slot home the resulting penalty from the spot. 2-0 England.

Fara Williams steps up to the plate

Usme receives a yellow card after a foul on the edge of the box. This could result in a goal.

If both games remains how it is, England would face Norway in the next round of the competition in Ottawa. England are currently camped in their own half.

Carney, who has over 100 caps for England, is another player who fell out of love with football at one stage. She wanted to quit playing after leaving America in order to seal a return to Birmingham City but is now a prominent member of Sampson’s World Cup squad. 

Karen Carney of England celebrates scoring her goal

Carney is congratulated after opener

Mark Sampson has made multiple changes throughout the tournament but he appears to have got the balance right today. His so-called ‘Christmas tree’ formation is working wonders.  

Mark Sampson applauds his side

England have opened the scoring after 15 minutes. Houghton whips in a Beckham-esque free-kick. Colombia’s keeper can only parry to Carney, who is allowed to tap home from close range. 

I want to know what the French players have had for their pre-match meal. They are on fire. It’s 3-0.

Scott heads the ball to Stoney, however her header goes sailing over the bar.

Scott has just played in a delightful cross into the six-yard box. It was one of those passes that defenders and goalkeepers hate to deal with. In fact, Colombia’s goalkeeper is down injured because of the cross.  

England right back Scott is going to be in for a difficult evening. Colombia winger Lady Andrade loves a trick and knows when to pass. You feel like Scott is going to need some help to deal with Andrade’s threat. 

France have taken the lead in their match against Mexico already. England, who are currently in third position, would still go through despite dropping out of the automatic places. 

Duggan and Kirby have looked like real livewires during the opening exchanges of tonight’s game in Montreal. Sampson has decided to set his side up in what he has reportedly described as a Christmas tree. 

Colombia’s players clapped and sang while making their way to the changing room. They are definitely a passionate bunch of players.

Colombia’s players before the match

England players have just sung the national anthem in Montreal ahead of tonight’s kick-off which is just four minutes away. Colombia’s players look extremely patriotic while singing their anthem. Hands on their hearts and everything! 

Reading striker Fran Kirby is the one to watch today. She quit football following the death of her mother but has bounced back to become one of England’s key stars.

You can read more about Kirby’s career by clicking HERE.

Fran Kirby is all smiles once again

Fran Kirby – or Mini Messi as she is also known – and Karen Carney scored in the second half for the Three Lionesses against Mexico in a 2-1 victory for England.

Mark Sampson’s side managed to get their disappointing defeat at the hands of France out of their system to make sure they are in a good position to progress.

Fran Kirby runs away in celebration after goal against Mexico

England starting line-up: Bardsley, A Scott, Houghton, Stoney, Greenwood, Williams, Moore, Nobbs, Duggan, Kirby, Carney

I will be providing live updates on England’s final group game against Colombia. Mark Sampson’s side know a win will guarantee the Three Lionesses a place in the last 16.

Even a defeat could send them through – depending on France’s match against Mexico – as four of the highest placed teams who finish in third spot will progress to the next round.

What are your predictions for tonight’s game? Let me know on Twitter – @Anthony_Hay 



Mark Sampson’s side will be hoping to confirm their spot in the last 16 of the Women’s World Cup by claiming all three points against current Group F leaders Colombia. 

England go into their final group match of the 2015 World Cup on the back of a 2-1 win against Mexico. 

The Three Lionesses do not necessary need to win today’s match in Montreal as the four highest placed teams who finish third will progress to the last 16 as well as the group winners and runners-up.  

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