Canada Women Vs England Women
Women's World Cup Quarter Final
BC Place, Vancouver
Sunday June 28th 12:30 AM (GMT)
England Women are set to play the biggest match in their history, thanks to Lucy Bronze's incredible strike against Norway which sent them on their way to their first ever victory at the knock out stage of a World Cup.
England have travelled over 2,000 miles to Vancouver for Saturday's match. Canada have not had to travel, they have also enjoyed an extra 24 hours rest after Josée Bélanger's 52nd minute strike sent Switzerland crashing out of the competition in front of 53,855 people.
They have already played each other twice this year, most recently in a friendly game before the competition. Canada came out on top 1-0 with a goal from Sophie Schmidt. The teams also faced off in the final of the Cyprus Cup, in March, with England taking the crown after a 67th minute goal from Lianne Sanderson.
The history between the two teams is very close, with England edging just ahead with 6 victories to Canada's 5. However, Canada did defeat the UK in the quarter finals of the 2012 London Olympics.
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Canada's captain Christine Sinclair will need to be watched by the England defence. Christine Sinclair scored in the first game of the tournament and assisted the goal against Switzerland with a perfectly weighted pass. Sinclair holds the records for both Canada's most capped player with 224 caps and top goalscorer with 154 goals.
England's competition really kicked into gear after the introduction of Karen Carney against Mexico. The experienced international, at her third World Cup. scored goals in both of the group stage matches she played in. The wizards calmness on the ball, skill and eye for a pass will all be vital if England are to progress into the semi-final.
Canada's English manager John Herdman managed New Zealand at the 2011 World Cup and faced England in the group stage of the competition. On that day England came back from 1-0 down to win the game 2-1, thanks to goals from Jill Scott and Jessica Clarke.
John Herdman should have no problem with hyping his team up for the game as he is also a motivational speaker. He explained his motivational approach to the BBC: "My job is to fuel passion in people so they see a bigger vision of themselves."
Since he took over as England manager, the national team won every game throughout the qualification for the tournament and conceded only one goal.
Sampson has the edge in games against Herdman - leading 2 games to 1. He expects another tight game, and told the BBC: "In three meetings between me and John, they have only beaten us once from a goal outside the box in a game we weren't ready for. If they have sussed us out, they've hidden it so far."
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