Still plenty to do to reach World Cup, says Bronze

Lucy Bronze of England in action during the England and Wales Women's World Cup Qualifier at The Den on October 26, 2013 in London
Lucy Bronze of England in action during the England and Wales Women's World Cup Qualifier at The Den on October 26, 2013 in London

England Women went nine points clear in their World Cup qualifying group with a 4-0 victory over Turkey – but defender Lucy Bronze insists there is still plenty of work to be done to reach the showpiece finals.

The Three Lions made it four wins out of four on Thursday with a 4-0 triumph in Adana. It came on the back of wins over Belarus, Wales and another against the Turks. But, while England are in a commanding position at the top of Group 6, Bronze, from Alnwick, believes the nation cannot afford to get carried away just yet.

“A lot could happen because the qualifying process is a long one,” said the 22-year-old, who has played left-back in all four wins.

“Maybe if we are in the same position in a few games’ time, then we can start thinking about Canada, but we haven’t even played two of the nations in our group yet.”

England’s next match is at home to Montenegro in April before welcoming Ukraine in May. The group phase of the qualification process runs until September 2014.

A total of eight World Cup places are available for European teams. All seven group winners will advance directly to Canada, while a series of play-off matches will be held for the final spot.

While reaching the World Cup finals is the aim, Liverpool Ladies player Bronze says she is delighted to have cemented her place as a regular starter in the senior side, having been called-up for the first time earlier this year.

She made her debut as a substitute in June, against Japan, before starting her first game in September, against Belarus.