Chelsea Ladies striker Fran Kirby’s early goal clinched a 1-0 victory for England over Brazil at Meadow Lane.
The Lionesses’ secured victory in just the second minute when Chelsea forward Fran Kirby headed in from Manchester City’s Nikita Parris’ superb cross.
A win in Nottingham extends England’s winning streak to five matches, having not managed to finish with anything bar a victory since a goalless draw with Wales back in March at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium.
Four members of Phil Neville’s England squad to face Brazil play their club football at Chelsea and here is how we rated the quartet during the victory over Brazil on Saturday.
Goalkeeper: Carly Telford- Brazil’s lack of attempts going forward made goalkeeper Carly Telford’s afternoon a fairly quiet one. It was her 14th senior cap for her country and on familiar territory, having spent three years at the ground during her time with Notts County. 6
Centre-back: Millie Bright- Fortunately for Millie Bright, Brazil’s lack of clear-cut chances left her with little to do in Nottingham. However, she did not appear to be as assured as she normally is when called upon. 6
Attacking-midfield: Fran Kirby- Playing just behind Rachel Daly up front, Kirby looked excellent. She got the opening goal very early on with a clever header from Parris’s cross. Having scored her first goal in the Women’s Super League for the Blues during their 2-0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion last week, it looks like she is getting back to the form that won her PFA and Football Writers’ Women’s Player of the Year awards last term. 8
Substitute: Hannah Blundell- Defender Hannah Blundell did not come on against Brazil, as she will look to earn her first senior cap on English soil at Craven Cottage on Tuesday night against Australia.