Football: England Women reach World Cup quarter finals

Date published: 24 June 2019

Rochdale-born midfielder Keira Walsh and the rest of the England Women’s football team have reached the quarter finals of the World Cup after beating Cameroon 3-0 on Sunday (23 June).

Goals were scored by Steph Houghton, Ellen White and Alex Greenwood, securing the team a spot in the quarter finals.

England Women are unbeaten in the tournament after also beating Japan, Argentina and Scotland in the group stage.

They will now play Norway for a place in the semi-finals on Thursday (27 June).

England’s opening match of the tournament in France – Walsh’s World Cup debut – was watched by 6.1 million viewers on BBC TV, a record for the women’s game. 

Walsh, 22, is one of the youngest players in Phil Neville's 23-strong England squad.

Walsh signed her first professional contract with City at the age of 18 in June 2015 and was delighted to put pen to paper on a deal at her childhood club.

One of the country's rising stars, Walsh made her debut for City in a 1-0 win over Notts County Ladies in July 2014. Since then, she has blossomed and has gained international experience at youth level with England.

She became a first-team regular towards the end of the 2014 season and played a key role in the Continental Cup-winning side.

In 2016, she helped City to a league and cup double, also making her Champions League debut and scoring the match winner in a last 16 triumph over Brondby IF.

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