A first-half goal from Fran Kirby was not enough as England’s Women were held to a 1-1 draw by Australia.
After opening the scoring midway through the first half, Kirby’s close-range goal was cancelled out by a late header from Clare Polkinghorne.
Four Chelsea players were part of Phil Neville’s Lionesses squad for the friendly at Craven Cottage and here is how we rated them against the Matildas.
Striker: Fran Kirby– Kirby opened the scoring with her third goal in as many matches for club and country over the past nine days. Despite normally starting as a ‘number 10’ for England, Kirby led the line for her country, with Mead, Birmingham City’s Lucy Staniforth and Barcelona’s Toni Duggan playing in supporting roles behind her. ‘Mini Messi’ did a sterling job as England’s lone striker, before reverting to her usual role when Houston Dash’s Rachel Daly was introduced shortly after the hour mark. 8
Substitute: Carly Telford– Despite keeping a clean three days ago during the 1-0 win over Brazil, goalkeeper Carly Telford was unable to keep her spot in the starting side, with Wolfsburg’s Mary Earps taking her place. England manager Neville has four top goalkeepers to choose from between now and next summer’s Women’s World Cup, with Telford and Earps also competing alongside Manchester United’s Siobhan Chamberlain and Manchester City’s Karen Bardsley. N/A
Substitute: Millie Bright– Over the past 18 months, Millie Bright has solidified her spot in the heart of the Lionesses’ defence alongside captain, Steph Houghton. It was surprising to see Bright lose her spot to Houghton’s City colleague, Abbie McManus, who showed that she is a stable option in the absence of either Bright or Houghton. N/A
Substitute: Hannah Blundell– Hannah Blundell was again not utilised by Neville and is still yet to make a senior appearance for the Lionesses on English soil. N/A