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Lauren James: Forward says her performance in England's 6-1 Women's World Cup win over China 'what dreams are made of'

Lauren James contributed to five goals in England's 6-1 Women's World Cup win over China in Adelaide; James scored twice and assisted three goals to help the Lionesses qualify for the last 16 as Group D winners; James: "Obviously it's what dreams are made of"

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Sky Sports News' Anton Toloui and Gail Davis analyse England's 6-1 victory over China which secured their spot in the knockout stages of the World Cup

England forward Lauren James said her performance in the 6-1 World Cup rout of China was "what dreams are made of" as she scored twice and produced three assists.

Playing in the number 10 role, the 21-year-old was awarded player of the match to help the Lionesses finish top of Group D and set up a last-16 tie with Nigeria on Monday.

The Chelsea player, who also scored the winner against Denmark, has been the standout player for Sarina Wiegman's side at the tournament.

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Aston Villa Women manager Carla Ward is blown away by Lauren James' second goal against China

"Another day, obviously it's what dreams are made of," James told ITV Sport. "Happy for the team and everyone is buzzing and looking forward to going into the next round.

"I felt free, whether I am on the wing or in the middle, I am just happy to be on the pitch playing and enjoying my football. I am happy I can contribute to goals as well."

On her sublime first-time finish at the far post for her second goal, she added: "I think like the last game, I just thought 'Why not? Hit it and see what happens'."

And James says more is to come, adding: "For sure, each day, each game I am looking to improve and get better. There are many more years of improvement. I can always get better.

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"I just need to stay focused and hopefully that can happen."

Wiegman: James did special things

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Ward reacts to James' first goal against China

James came close to scoring a hat-trick after her stunning strike just before half-time was controversially ruled out for an offside in the build-up.

But after contributing five goals in the match, England head coach Sarina Wiegman was delighted with James' performance.

The 53-year-old told ITV Sport: "She feels good, you can tell. She did special things today.

"Unfortunately one goal was cancelled, but she flows over the pitch."

Following an injury to Keira Walsh, Wiegman used a new 3-5-2 formation and was happy it came to fruition as her side hit their straps for the first time in the tournament.

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Talking on The Offside Rule podcast, Natasha Dowie says Lauren James makes finishing look so easy and believes she could be the next best player in the world.

"I am very delighted," she added. "I said before the game we were going to do things a little bit different than we did before and we did really well. It shows how adaptive this team is and I think they are enjoying themselves.

"I think today it worked really well, players felt comfortable. What we want is the qualities we have now to try and use them a little bit more."

'James showing what kind of player she is'

Lauren James celebrates scoring England's third goal against China in the Women's World Cup
Image: James was awarded player of the match in England's 6-1 win over China

James' Chelsea team-mate Jess Carter, who was one of three changes made by Wiegman for the 6-1 win over China, also heaped praise on the forward.

She told Sky Sports News: "I play with her at Chelsea, and it's just amazing to see everyone else get to see the Lauren that I know and that I have to play against every single day.

"That was a challenge for her, being able to take that from Chelsea and perform on stages like this.

"It's her first World Cup, not as much international experience, so for her to be able to come here and do it on this stage like this just shows what kind of player she is, and what kind of player she is going to be."

What's next?

England will face Nigeria in the last 16 on Monday, with kick off at 8.30am in Brisbane.

What is the schedule?

The group stage runs over a two-week period, finishing on August 3. Group winners and runners-up progress to the round of 16, which takes place from August 5 to August 8.

The quarter-finals, which will be held in Wellington, Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney, are scheduled for August 11 and 12.

The first semi-final will then be played on August 15 in Auckland, with the other semi-final taking place on August 16 at the Accor Stadium in Sydney, which will then host the final on August 20.

A third-place play-off will be played the day before the final on August 19 in Brisbane.

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