England qualify for 2019 Women’s World Cup after win over Wales

• Phil Neville’s side secure place in next year’s tournament
Duggan, Scott and Parris on target in 3-0 victory

England have qualified for the 2019 Women’s World Cup after a 3-0 victory over Wales at Rodney Parade.

Toni Duggan, who broke the deadlock after 57 minutes, Jill Scott and Nikita Parris scored the goals for Phil Neville’s side though they were made to work hard by the hosts.

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Wales v England: Women’s World Cup qualifier – live!

Wales: O’Sullivan; Dykes, Ingle, Roberts, James, Harding, Green, Fishlock, Ladd, Nolan, Ward

Subs: Skinner, Evans, Griffiths, Lawrence, Hughes, Vincze, Morgan

As Abba famously sang, the winner takes it all. That’s the deal as Wales host England in Newport, with both determined to secure a berth at the Women’s World Cup next year. “Win and go to the World Cup,” Phil Neville, the England manager, said. “Lose and you’re suffering.” Wales head into the game top of Group A, with this Jayne Ludlow’s side’s final qualifying game. Defeat for England would end their hopes of automatic qualification, as only the group winners qualify outright. The last time these two met, in April, they played out a bore draw. From the seven European groups, the best four runners-up will go into the play-offs – but only one team from there will qualify for the finals. “We are very happy with our performances during the campaign,” Ludlow said. “We just focus on what happens to be the last game and one we are determined to enjoy.”

Kick-off: 7.45pm (BST)

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Sol Bamba: ‘I love going into a tackle, winning a challenge or a header’

After a nomadic career the central defender has found a home at Cardiff and a manager, Neil Warnock, that gets the best out of him

Sol Bamba knows what the message will be from Neil Warnock as he leaves Cardiff’s home dressing room on Sunday. “Before we go out, the gaffer always reminds me and says: ‘Don’t be Beckenbauer. Just kick or head it. When it’s on, pass it, but if it’s not on, just put it up there.’ And that’s why I like him – he’s honest.”

Bamba, by his own admission, has not always been an easy player to manage, particularly in his early days at Paris Saint-Germain, where an Argentinian centre-back by the name of Mauricio Pochettino tried to take him under his wing, but there is something about Warnock that gets the best out of him. Told that Cardiff’s manager thinks the world of him, Bamba chuckles but sounds sincere when he replies: “I think the world of him as well.”

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Crystal Palace v Southampton: match preview

Roy Hodgson’s first game as Crystal Palace manager was almost a year ago at home to these opponents, a contest surrendered to Steve Davis’s solitary goal. The hosts are more cohesive as a unit these days and will offer a sterner test, though recent defeats to Liverpool and Watford have checked the optimism generated through pre-season. Max Meyer, impressive in his cameos to date, could make his first league start, while Southampton fret over the fitness of Danny Ings, a striker who had interested Palace over the summer. Dominic Fifield

Saturday 3pm

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