Women's football: England closing in on World Cup spot
Last Updated: 21/08/14 7:32pm
England women's football team need just a point against Wales on Thursday night to qualify for next year's World Cup in Canada.
Mark Sampson’s side are unbeaten so far in their qualifying group and England Assistant Coach Marieanne Spacey is delighted with their progress to date.
“At this point we’re exactly where we want to be,” she told Sky Sports News HQ.
“Our progression in this competition in this qualifying group is in our hands and any manager or coach would say that’s what we want to be doing. The game is important but how we want the girls to play is just as important moving forward as well.
“As much as we’re aware of them (Wales) we need to concentrate on what we do and we’ll go into the game as best prepared as we can to be the best team on the evening and get the best possible result for us.”
England defender Casey Stoney has hailed their campaign as “exceptional” – and is determined to maintain that unbeaten record.
Stoney said: “It has been a brilliant campaign - some of the performances have been exceptional.
“We’ve played a friendly against Sweden two weeks ago and to beat them 4-0 was really good and now we need to take that performance and improve on it more against Wales.
“I’m really looking forward to the game on Thursday the girls are well prepared and we’re ready to go.
“We know Thursday is a massive game, we want to get three points - let alone one.
“We want to try and go through this qualifying campaign unbeaten we want to win every game if we can.
“We know Wales won’t be an easy game, they’re a good side. They’re going to come out and they’re going to want to get points off us so it’s going to be a big game but one that we’re really looking forward to.”