England Women Qualify for 2015 World Cup with Win over Wales

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2014

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 21:  England forward Lianne Sanderson (l) celebrates after scoring the fourth England goal during the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup Group 6 Qualifier between Wales and England at Cardiff City Stadium on August 21, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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England Women have qualified for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada after beating Wales 4-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.   

Rob Harris of the Associated Press confirmed that Mark Sampson's side had secured their place in next year's major international tournament, needing only a draw on Thursday evening:

The result maintains England's winning streak in their Women's World Cup qualification campaign, having failed to drop a point in their nine group games thus far.

Reporter Stuart Mawhinney hailed the consistency of the Three Lionesses, which has seen them score 38 goals in Group 6, conceding just once during their 2-1 victory in Ukraine:

Goals from Karen Carney, Eniola Aluko, Laura Bassett and Lianne Sanderson were enough to round off a lavish win in the Welsh capital, booking their berth with some style.

England Women travel to Montenegro on Sept. 17 for the final qualifying fixture of their group run, but can take a more relaxed approach knowing that their participation in Canada next year is sealed.

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 21:  The  England team pose for their team picture before the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup Group 6 Qualifier between Wales and England at Cardiff City Stadium on August 21, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images
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However, Sampson spoke to Tony Leighton of BBC Sport prior to the win over Wales, giving the impression that his side will be unrelenting in their travels, regardless of the stakes at risk:

"A draw may be all we need, but our motivation is as high as it's ever been to win a match. We want to beat Wales and go on to finish with a 100% record."

Wales, meanwhile, still have a chance of qualifying from the group through the playoffs, with their last game away to Ukraine also on Sept. 17.

England Women are hoping to improve upon their quarter-final finish at the 2011 Women's World Cup, where they bowed out to France on penalties following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

For now, though, Sampson and his outfit will take pleasure in knowing that they'll be on hand to entertain with some of their elite peers in front of a global audience.