BLUES Ladies pair Karen Carney and Jade Moore both played a part in England’s final Women’s World Cup friendly against Canada.
The Lionesses suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of the home nation Canande in Hamilton last Saturday.
Sophie Schmidt scored what proved to be the only goal of the game midway through the first half with a bending shot into the top corner of the net from 18 yards.
Lionesses midfielder Fara Williams hit the bar late on with an audacious effort from range but Mark Sampson’s side were unable to find an equaliser.
Midfielder Jade Moore replaced Birmingham team mate Carney seven minutes from time, while Jo Potter was an unused substitute.
England boss Sampson said the narrow defeat puts his side in a better place ahead of their World Cup opener against France on Tuesday (June 9.)
“I’m really pleased that some players got some good minutes that they would have needed,” said Sampton.
“The likes of Lianne Sanderson, Ellen White, Lucy Bronze, Toni Duggan, Karen Carney, Steph Houghton. It was great for those girls to get some good, hard minutes under their belts.
“We will be sharp and firing by the time we face France. I want 23 players ready to put their foot to the floor against a very good French team.
“Of course we wanted to get a result. Every coach and player wants to win every game. I thought we deserved something out of the game. I’m not sure we did enough to win it, but I think we deserved to score.
“But it’s about being ready for the tournament and this game was part of that journey.”