Turkey 0 England 4 match report: England women cruise to victory in Turkey


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England posted their fourth-straight World Cup qualifying win with an easy victory over Turkey – giving the Football Association even more reason to consider hiring the interim coach, Brent Hills, full-time.

Under Hills, England have scored 20 goals and conceded none and they were never in trouble against the Turks in Adana. Eniola Aluko fired England ahead early on with a spectacular 25-yard effort and Fara Williams made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after a quarter of an hour.

Toni Duggan headed the third shortly after the restart and Jordan Nobbs was in the right place – on the goal-line – to bundle in the fourth on the hour.

When the teams met at Fratton Park last month, two goals from Duggan in the first three minutes led to an 8-0 trouncing. This time it took a whole 10 minutes for England to get off the mark, but Aluko's strike was worth the wait.

Then on 15 minutes the Turkish centre-back Sibel Duman was judged to have handled Aluko's cross inside the box and the referee Yuliya Medvedeva pointed to the spot. Williams duly converted, side-footing past the goalkeeper Fatma Sahin. Shortly after the restart, Duggan then headed home from a corner after Williams and Ellen White had forced Sahin into an impressive double save.

The fourth goal was lucky, even if the build-up was well worked. Duggan headed Scott's cross against the bar and the ball bounced down on the goal-line, ricocheted off Nobbs and crept into the net.

England's next qualifier is at home to Montenegro on 5 April next year at a venue yet to be confirmed.