England Secures Round of 16 Spot Amidst Walsh’s Injury Concerns

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England came out victorious when they played their second game of the FIFA Women’s World Cup earlier today. The Lionesses faced Denmark and won by a single goal scored in the 6th minute courtesy of Lauren James. The win over Denmark follows in similar fashion to their opening game against Haiti, where they won by a single goal.

Barcelona players, Lucy Bronze and Keira Walsh played all 90 minutes of the game against Haiti, and secured the first win for their country. However, in the game against Denmark, only Bronze was able to play the full 90 minutes of the game,as Walsh had to leave the field before halftime due to injury. The world’s most expensive female player was forced off in the 38th minute after suffering an injury that saw her carried off the pitch on a stretcher.

Barcelona fans across the world can only hope that the injury suffered by the midfielder is not too serious and that she will not be kept out of action for a long time.

England now stands clear at the top of the table with 6 points, followed by Denmark with 3 points, and China and Haiti yet to pick up any points at all. With their qualification already secured,depending on the standings at the end of the group stage, England would face either the winner or runner-up of group B (Nigeria, Canada, Australia, and Ireland) in the round of 16. 

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The English national team will play their last game of the group stage against China, a match in which a win or draw would secure their position at the top of the table in group D. 

With nations like Spain and Japan having secured qualification, England joins an exclusive list of countries that have sealed their qualification for the round of 16 after their victory over Denmark.

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