England have continued their winning ways, securing a place in the 2023 World Cup, just a month on from their historic Euros triumph.
Goals from Alessia Russo and substitute Nikita Parris were enough for the European champions to beat Austria 2-0 in Wiener Neustadt on Saturday.
The Lionesses only needed a point to seal top spot in Group D and a place at next summer’s showpiece in Australia and New Zealand.
They ended up with all three from the win, making it nine wins – and clean sheets – from as many games in the group for Sarina Wiegman’s side.
England’s Lionesses ‘brought football home’ in July when they won the Euro 2022 tournament, after beating Germany 2-1 in extra-time at Wembley.
It was the country’s first major trophy since the men’s side won the World Cup in 1966.
There had been rumblings before Saturday’s World Cup qualifier about the small size of the stadium for the game.
The Stadion Wiener Neustadt has a capacity of around 2,700. When the Lionesses beat Germany in the European final at Wembley, there were a record 87,192 people in the stands.
Wiegman described Saturday’s venue as a “little bit disappointing”.
It is now confirmed England will play a friendly against world champions the United States at Wembley in October.