Debutants score in England friendly win in Austria

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England have only conceded two goals in eight matches

Debutants Chioma Ubogagu and Georgia Stanway both scored to help England women to a routine friendly win over Austria women in Vienna.

Substitute Rachel Daly added a third late on as a dominant England extended their unbeaten run to eight matches.

Boss Phil Neville named an inexperienced line-up and London-born Ubogagu, who represented the United States at under-23 level before choosing to play for England, slotted in from six yards after good work from England stand-in captain Toni Duggan.

Substitute Nikita Parris headed against the post shortly after coming on and then set up Manchester City team-mate Stanway, who shot into the roof of the net for the second.

Daly’s goal sealed the victory when she flicked Karen Carney’s strike into the net after another substitute, Chloe Kelly, had twice been denied.

Austria’s best chance fell to Nicole Billa but Mary Earps pushed her 25-yard shot onto the post in the first half.

The result means Neville’s side have only lost one of their 11 matches in 2018 – and that defeat came back in March with a 1-0 loss to world champions USA in the SheBelieves Cup.

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Chioma Ubogagu plays her club football for Australian side Brisbane Roar, on loan from American team Orlando Pride

Captain Houghton left out to make Sunday a special day

Regular England captain Steph Houghton, who has played 99 times for her country, was not included in Vienna as Neville wanted her 100th cap to come at a home game.

The Lionesses are playing Sweden in a sold-out friendly in Rotherham on Sunday.

“She wanted to play but we told her no,” said Neville earlier this week.

Houghton’s absence meant Barcelona forward Duggan led England for the first time.

She could not find a goal but she was a constant threat and forced a good save from Zinsberger, hooked another effort wide and set up Ubogagu for her goal.

These are England’s final friendly matches before the draw for the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which takes place on 8 December.

The tournament will be held in France between 7 June and 7 July 2019, with Neville hoping to go further than the Lionesses managed last time out, when they finished third in Canada in 2015.

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Match ends, Austria Women 0, England 3.

Second Half ends, Austria Women 0, England 3.

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (England) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nikita Parris.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (England).

Manuela Zinsberger (Austria Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Sarah Puntigam (Austria Women) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Viktoria Pinther.

Substitution, Austria Women. Jennifer Klein replaces Nicole Billa.

Corner, England. Conceded by Manuela Zinsberger.

Rachel Daly (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sarah Puntigam (Austria Women).

Goal! Austria Women 0, England 3. Rachel Daly (England) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Georgia Stanway.

Attempt missed. Georgia Stanway (England) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Chloe Kelly (England) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Chloe Kelly (England) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lucy Staniforth.

Substitution, England. Ellie Roebuck replaces Mary Earps.

Substitution, England. Chloe Kelly replaces Toni Duggan.

Toni Duggan (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yvonne Weilharter (Austria Women).

Toni Duggan (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Yvonne Weilharter (Austria Women).

Substitution, Austria Women. Viktoria Pinther replaces Nina Burger.

Foul by Nikita Parris (England).

Verena Aschauer (Austria Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lucy Staniforth (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nina Burger (Austria Women).

Goal! Austria Women 0, England 2. Georgia Stanway (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Nikita Parris.

Karen Carney (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sarah Zadrazil (Austria Women).

Attempt missed. Nina Burger (Austria Women) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Virginia Kirchberger following a set piece situation.

Foul by Georgia Stanway (England).

Laura Feiersinger (Austria Women) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nikita Parris (England) hits the left post with a header from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Leah Williamson with a cross.

Corner, England. Conceded by Yvonne Weilharter.

Corner, England. Conceded by Yvonne Weilharter.

Substitution, England. Nikita Parris replaces Melissa Lawley.

Rachel Daly (England) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Virginia Kirchberger (Austria Women).

Attempt saved. Barbara Dunst (Austria Women) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Nina Burger.

Offside, England. Mary Earps tries a through ball, but Toni Duggan is caught offside.

Foul by Gabrielle George (England).

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