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:
England women beat Wales to secure qualification for 2015 World Cup in Canada— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 21, 2014
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:
Fantastic work by @England Women reaching FIFA World Cup in Canada 2015. Flawless, utterly perfect, qualification record.— Stuart Mawhinney (@StuartMawhinney) August 21, 2014
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.
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:
Can England beat their 2011 quarter-final finish next summer?
"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.