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Christine Sinclair hits 180 and condemns England Women to defeat

• England 0-1 Canada
• 81st-minute goal is Sinclair’s 180th in international football

The individual auditions for World Cup places were not always overly convincing and collectively it was a thoroughly underwhelming rehearsal but maybe Phil Neville’s players needed a jolt like this.

Women’s football is, in Neville’s words, on the brink of “boom time” in England and it is perhaps not too bad a thing that the escalating optimism surrounding the national team received something of a slow puncture as Christine Sinclair’s second-half winner for Canada went at least some way towards finally healing a long festering wound. The Lionessess certainly cannot say they have not been reminded of the full scale of the challenge confronting them at France 2019.

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