Jill Scott and Karen Carney give England win over Sweden
Hope Powell's side beat Sweden 2-0 in their final friendly before the World Cup in Germany next month
Jill Scott and Karen Carney both netted second-half goals as England secured their first victory over Sweden in 27 years with a 2-0 win on Tuesday.
Scott turned in Rachel Yankey’s corner after 47 minutes before Carney doubled England’s lead from the penalty spot on 71 minutes to give Hope Powell’s side a morale-boosting win in their final World Cup warm-up game.
Sweden looked lively down the channels in the first half as England took time to settle, but the visitors never really looked like troubling Karen Bardsley in the England goal.
While Sweden failed to create meaningful chances in the final third, England looked menacing, and deservedly took the lead just after the break through Scott.
Carney then coolly converted her penalty after she was brought down by Sjogran to seal an impressive win.
England coach Powell said she hopes the victory will give her side the momentum going into next month’s World Cup in Germany.
“You want to go into important tournaments on a high and knowing you’re capable of beating the world’s leading nations,” Powell said.
“We’ve shown we can do that in our last two matches, but the important thing is to get results when the games matter and when points are at stake. That’s what we have to do when we get to the World Cup.”