Karen Carney hat-trick helps England thrash Serbia in UEFA Euro 2017 Qualifying

Karen Carney hat-trick helps England thrash Serbia in UEFA Euro 2017 Qualifying
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England : England: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton (C), Bassett, Greenwood; J Scott (Davison,min.65), Williams, Christiansen (Moore, min.75), Carney; White, Daly (Parris, min.57)
Serbia : Serbia: Nilsson; Kozovic, Krtisic, Tenkov, Damjanovic, Pojak, Ilic (Malesevic, min.55), Radojicic (Markovic,min.89), Cankovic, Smiljkovic (C), Jonovic (Blagojevic, min.67)
SCORE: 1-0, min. 16, Greenwood. 2-0, min. 34, Carney. 3-0, min. 43 Daly. 4-0, min.51, White. 5-0, min. 52, Christiansen. 6-0, min.60, Carney. 7-0, min.63, Carney.
REFEREE: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
INCIDENTS: Adams Park, Wycombe. 5,903 spectators.

I've been Emily Magee, and I hope you enjoyed following tonight's coverage of England - Serbia in UEFA Euro 2017 qualifying.

FT - A magnificent seven for the Lionesses. They will now meet Serbia again on Tuesday, as they close in on Belgium who occupy the top spot in Group 7.

90+3 - Chance! Ball falls to Parris in the box but her shot was weak and straight at the keeper. Nilsson spilt the shot, which fell to White but her attempt was blocked by a Serbian defender.

90 - The fourth official has announced three minutes of extra time.

89 - Serbian subsitution: Radojicic makes way for Markovic.

85 - Karen Carney is deservedly named player of the match tonight. 'The Wizard' as she is most commonly known, has been terrific against a very poor Serbian side.

84 - CHANCE! Gemma Davison capitalises on a mistake by the Serbian defence, she back heels it to Parris but unfortunately doesn't make enough connection with the ball and allows Nilsson to collect.

82 - Official attendance at Adams Park is 5,903.

80  - CHANCE! A ball is clipped in from the right-flank, a lovely cushioned lay-off from White feeds Bronze, the Man City defender scuffs it wide of the target.

75 - England substitute: Christiansen, who has had a fine come-back after an ankle injury is replaced by Birmingham City midfielder Jade Moore.

74 - The Lionesses' latest attempt on goal was their 30th attempt and 17th on target in this match. 

72 - Parris tries an effort from long range but sees her shot go over the bar.

69 - SAVE! Mazey run from substitute Gemma Davison produces a fine save from Nilsson.

68 - Yes ANOTHER chance for the Lionesses. Nilsson having one to forget in the Serbian goal. 

67 - Serbian substitution: Jonovic makes way for Blagojevic.

63 - England take a short corner to Lucy Bronze - her cross causes confusion in the Serbian defence and the eventful clearance is fired off Karen Carney's leg. 

63 - GOAL! Carney again. England are having a party at Adams Park. Not sure Serbia are enjoying it as much as the Lionesses.

60 - Another dangerous Greenwood corner causes panic in the Serbian box and Carney fumbles it over the line.

60 - GOAL! It's six. Deserved goal for Karney Carney.

58 - CHANCE! Goal-line clearance  from Serbia prevents Parris from making an instant impact and scoring a debut goal. Bronze heads on from Greenwood's corner for Parris to head straight at a Serbian defender.

57 - England substitute: goal-scorer Daly makes way for another debutant by way of Manchester City winger Nikita Parris.

55 - Serbian substitute: Ilic makes way for Malesevic.

52 - A close range finish from the Manchester City midfielder makes it 5-0 and two goals in two minutes for England.

52 - GOAL! Another goal for the Lionesses. Christiansen converts.

51 - GOAL!! Ellen White converts the fourth for England.

50 - Intitial work down the left from Jill Scott, back heels to Carney who manages to weave through the Serbian defence. The Chelsea star's shot was deflected out for an England corner.

47 - CHANCE! Two chances for England to get their fourth in a matter of moments. Fara Williams teed herself up and released a trademark long range effort which the keeper tipped out for a corner.

46 - Serbia kick-off the second half and England once again regain posession.

Second half is about to get underway - no changes for either side at the break.

HT - It seems we may have a new England strike partnership on our hands  - Rachel Daly and Ellen White looking very impressive up front and linking up well.

HT - A dominant display in the first 45, England showing composure, patience and quality on the ball.

HT - It's 3-0 to the Lionesses at Adams Park. What a brilliant first half performance from Mark Sampson' team.

44 - First chance for Serbia - captain Smiljkovic crosses the ball into the box but a tame header from the striker was easily saved by Karen Bardsley.

43 - A mess up in the Serbian defence once again, allows Ellen White to unselfishly set-up Daly for her first England goal. 3-0 England

43 - GOAL!! - Debut goal for RACHEL DALYYYYYYY!!

39 - Full of action here at Adams Park and a far more impressive display from England, in comparison to their last two matches.

35 - 2-0 England - dominating and in control.

34 - GOAL!!! And the experienced England international calmly slots the penalty into the bottom left-hand corner of Nilsson's goal.

34 - Carney to take the spot-kick....

33 - PENALTY - White fouled in the box.

30 - CLOSE! Ellen White sends a looping shot at the Serbia keeper forcing her into an awkward save, Izzy Christiansen sticks the follow-up just wide. Still 1-0 England.

29 - Poor clearance from the Serbian defence, picked up by Williams about 20-yards out . The Arsenal midfielder shifts it to her left foot and sends a powerful shot over the bar.

26 - CHANCE!! Corner - Greenwood sends an in-swinger into the box, Bronze leapt in the air and headed the ball just wide of the target.

24 - Bronze is in the thick of the action again - Greenwood sends the ball into the box, Daly flicks the ball on which comes off a defender and falls at the feet of Bronze, who could only send her effort over the bar.

21 - England's full-backs are getting up the pitch at every opportunity and they are finding a lot of space down the flanks.

20 - No sign of a response from the Serbs, they are still camped in their own half - facing an onslaught of pressure from the Lionesses.

16 - Fara Williams skipped past a defender and sent a through ball into the path of Greenwood, who calmly slots past the Serbian keeper at the far post.

16 - GOAL!!!! Alex Greenwood converts for England.

15 - White gets in behind the Serbian backline, clips a ball into the back post and Lucy Bronze sends a low header to the feet of Nilsson. 

14 - Christiansen whips a cross into the box, Scott fails to get the best of connections and her header loops over the bar.

12 - England are dominating early proceedings and preventing Serbia from leaving their own half. In the most recent attack, England had nine outfield players in the box.

10 - Steph Houghton's subsequent free-kick is parried by the Serbian keeper.

10 - Free kick - Carney is fouled on the edge of the area after a mazey run.

9 - Neat play going forward from Christensen and Daly, who feeds Ellen White. The Notts County  forward strikes the up right.

6 - Serbia are quick on the break but unfortunately on this occasion can't find the vital final ball.

3 - Corner to England, taken early and delivered in to the box. Ellen White takes it first time on the half-volley but sends it over Nilsson's goal.

2 -  Shot by Karen Carney, testing the keeper early but sends her shot high and wide.

And we're off!

The national anthems are being sung and kick-off is just moments away...

Back to today and the teams are out!

In the reverse fixture, England ran out worthy winners with a decent performance. Current Notts County duo Jess Clarke and Ellen White got the goals back on home turf in Doncaster.

A Rachel Yankey goal and an own goal by Videta Slovic set Hope Powell's team up for what appeared to be a comfortable victory. But, in scorching temperatures at the Omladinski Stadium, Danka Podavac netted for the home side, before Vesna Smiljokovic managed to level the game in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

The Lionesses have only met Serbia twice before in 2011. England drew 2-2 in Belgrade before winning 2-0 in Doncaster. The Serbs fought back from a two-goal deficit when the teams met in the first of their Euro 2013 qualifiers. 

(Photo: David Cornwell)
(Photo: David Cornwell)

England manager Mark Sampson recently spoke about Daly's inclusion in the June squad, he said: "Rachel has been playing very well in the NWSL with Houston Dash and really fits the profile of a Lioness, so I am delighted to welcome her into the group."

It is the second call-up for 24-year-old Rachel Daly. The Houston Dash forward was part of the England squad that travelled to La Manga in January 2014.

Serbia Subs: Kostic, Slovic, Jankov, Nikolic, Blagojevic, Markovic, Malesevic.

Serbia XI: Nilsson, Kozovic, Krstic, Tenkov, Damjanovic, Pojak, Ilic, Radojicic, Cankovic, Smiljkovic (C), Jonovic.

There's a Lionesses debut for Rachel Daly, while Issy Christansen returns from an ankle injury and Ellen White makes her first start since September.

England Subs: A Scott, Chamberlain, Stokes, Moore, Taylor, Davison, Parris

England XI: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton (C), Bassett, Greenwood; J Scott, Williams, Christiansen, Carney; White, Daly

We've got the team news coming in!

Serbia are currently placed at 45th in the FIFA world rankings - 41 places below England. But, Sampson will prevent any complacency after two below par performances from the Lionesses.

Speaking to Sky Sports recently, Sampson who lead England to their best ever finish at a Women's World Cup in 2015, said: "We're confident if we can perform to our levels we can get the results that we want but we don't take any team lightly [after what] we saw against Bosnia and Belgium." He added, "Serbia will make it very difficult for us and they will defend for their lives. It's a big game for them coming to the team that were bronze medalists at the World Cup."

England will go into this match with the expectation of victory, but they are also expecting a tough test against Serbia and Gemma Davison believes the team are taking nothing for granted, she said: “I have had the chance to play a Serbian side in the Champions League. They will be strong, physical and can definitely play. We certainly won’t be taking them lightly."

Sampson's list of options is ever-growing and  bringing in young exciting talent to the squad, always leaves the inevitability that someone will be left out. Midfielder Katie Chapman, defender Claire Rafferty and forwards Toni Duggan and Eniola Aluko have all missed the cut for the qualifying matches.

Kirby and Davison enjoy a laugh while speaking to the press. (Photo: Sophie Lawson/VAVEL UK)
Kirby and Davison enjoy a laugh while speaking to the press. (Photo: Sophie Lawson/VAVEL UK)

Sampson has made five changes to the squad that faced, Belgium and Bosnia in their previous Euro qualifiers. Arsenal's Jodie Taylor, Birmingham midfielder Jade Moore and recently-named PFA Women's Player of The Year Isobel Christiansen all return after injury. The head coach has also brought in uncapped forwards Nikita Parris and Rachel Daly - Parris is currently impressing in WSL 1 for Manchester City, whilst Daly has had an impressive start in the NWSL. The Houston Dash striker was selected as the sixth pick in the NWSL college draft, becoming the first English player ever to be selected from the US college system.

Chelsea duo Fran Kirby and Gilly Flaherty have both withdrawn from the squad with leg injuries. But, Mark Sampson has opted not to call in any replacements for the pair. 

The Lionesses go into this match with a 100% qualifying record in their campaign so far. They will be hoping to extend this impressive start, after picking up 10 points from four matches. Serbia currently sit three points below England in group 7, with Belgium leading the pack by one point, despite having a game in hand.

This evening's game in Wycombe, is the first of a Euro 2017 qualifying double header against Serbia, with the reverse fixture taking place on Tuesday 7th June in Stara Pazova.

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK's live minute-by-minute match coverage and commentary. Today, Saturday 4th June 2016, sees England face Serbia in a Euro 2017 Qualifier at Adams Park. Kick off will commence at 17:30 GMT, but until then we'll have plenty of pre-match build up and I, Emily Magee, will be guiding you through all today's events.