Football Ferns earn first ever victory over England in World Cup warm up

The Football Ferns have recieved a huge boost in their preparation for this year's FIFA World Cup, defeating heavyweights England 1-0 in Brighton.

Coming into the match ranked 19th in the world, the Football Ferns were huge underdogs against the third ranked Lionesses, having never tasted victory against England.

Forward Sarah Gregorious scored the only goal of the match, coming in the second half, on hand to rifle the ball home from close range after England goalkeeper Carly Telford could only deflect into her path for her 34th strike at international level.

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Captain Ali Riley, coach Tom Sermanni and scorer Sarah Gregorious spoke to 1 NEWS after the 1-0 win. Source: 1 NEWS

At the other end meanwhile, Football Ferns keeper Erin Nayler was a force to be reckoned with in goal, saving a barrage of attempts from England's forward line of Jodie Taylor, Fran Kirby and Nikita Parris.

The Football Ferns will next face Wales in their final World Cup warm up match, before they travel to France - drawn against the likes of Cameroon, Canada and the Netherlands.

Sarah Gregorious leads the Football Ferns' celebrations against England Source: Photosport

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