LONDON (AP) — Ten weeks after conquering Europe, England’s women declared themselves ready for more after defeating world champions the United States 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley Stadium on Friday. .
Lauren Hamp and Georgia Stanway helped England beat the United States for the first time since 2017 and the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand 10 months ago.
A Stanway penalty in the 33rd minute sealed the hosts for good in front of 76,893 fans. The win extended England’s unbeaten run to 23 games under coach Serena Wegman.
“It was a great result,” Hamp told the ITV broadcaster. “Now there is a lot of preparation for the World Cup. It is important that we stay strong.”
England, who won the European Championship in late July, took the lead in the 10th when Beth Meade sent a low cross into the box. U.S. defender Alanna Cook tried to make a sliding block but the ball bounced to Hamp, who finished from close range.
The Americans equalized just before the half-hour mark. Millie Brett tried to pass from the back to a tightly covered Steinway, and Lindsey Horan flicked the ball to Sophia Smith, who turned and slotted past a diving Mary Earps into the left corner.
Stanway made amends from the spot, though, as goalkeeper Alyssa Nahr fired into the top right corner.
Minutes later, the visitors thought they had tied the game again but Trent Rodman’s strike was ruled out for offside.
England and the United States wore armbands in solidarity with rape victims and held a banner together that read “Protect the players” before kick-off. A report this week that surfaced last season in the Women’s National Soccer League found emotional abuse. And sexual abuse was systemic in the league.
There was also a moment of silence for the victims of the fatal shooting of fans at a football match in Indonesia.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Allen Lazard were among the stars in attendance. The Packers play the New York Giants on Sunday in an NFL game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. “Ted Laso” actor Jason Sudeikis was also on hand.
United wing Crystal Dunn went on as a second-half substitute – less than five months after giving birth to her son. It was her 124th international match and first in nearly 13 months.
The World Cup will be held in Auckland on October 22.