Notts County Ladies defender helps England team reach World Cup quarter-finals

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Notts County Ladies defender Laura Bassett played a starring role in the England women’s win against Norway, beating them 2-1 in Ottawa to reach the last eight in the Women’s world cup.

Their win was the first time the lionesses have ever won a knock out game in a world cup, setting up a quarter-final tie with Canada.

After a shaky first half by England, Norway took the lead in the 54th minute by Solveig Gulbrandsen forcing lionesses boss Mark Sampson to make a change, bringing on Jill Scott in place of Fran Kirby.

Scott made an immediate impact, winning a corner which Steph Houghton nodded in.

England then completed the turnaround with 14 minutes to go when right-back Lucy Bronze found the top corner from the edge of the area.

England held on to record a historical victory and a meeting with Canada in Vancouver.

Laura Bassett’s fellow Notts players Alex Greenwood, Carly Telford and Ellen White were all unused substitutes.

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