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England 3 (Yankey 22, E.White 61, Clarke 75) Turkey 0
att: 5,457; at the Banks's Stadium, Walsall FC
England booked their place in the World Cup play-offs by coasting to victory in a one-sided match at Walsall.
After Rachel Yankey marked the milestone of becoming only the second England player after Gill Coulthard to win a century of caps, only Turkish goalkeeper Duygu Yilmaz prevented an avalanche of goals with a string of brilliant saves.
Yankey wore the captain's armband on the occasion of her 100th cap whilst Jill Scott and Jess Clarke came in for injury victims Kelly Smith and Karen Carney.
England started confidently in possession and, although it Rachel Brown did well to gather an Eylul Elgalp free kick in front of goal at the other end, Fara Williams produced their first meaningful effort with a 25-yard drive that flew over.
A lively run down the right from Clarke ended with her cross just clearing Jill Scott at the far post and Yankey's return centre struck the face of the bar and went out for a goal kick.
Williams was to go closer on 19 minutes as she got on the end of a cross from the left by Clarke but she guided her header narrowly past the post. Katie Chapman then miscued a header from Jill Scott's centre as England continued to dominate.
The breakthrough finally came at the midway point of the half and it crowned a memorable day for Yankey. A fine passing move culminated with Alex Scott breaking forward and clipping the ball into the path of Yankey who drove a low shot past Yilmaz and into the corner of the net.
Aluko passed up a great chance to double the lead three minutes later after her initial pass to Chapman had been intercepted. The striker then dispossessed Cigdem Belci and made her way towards goal but lifted her shot over the bar with only Yilmaz to beat.
Williams tested Yilmaz with a 25-yard free kick and a looping header from Jill Scott landed on the roof of the net from a Yankey corner. England continued to rain shots in the Turkish goal, Aluko firing an effort just wide following a lay off by Jill Scott.
As the game went into first half injury time, Clarke's pass released Yankey down the left where her cross picked out Chapman in the area but the midfielder stabbed her shot wide. Jill Scott was narrowly off target with a 30-yard strike but England could not add to their one goal lead going into the interval.
England introduced Ellen White as a half time substitute and she was quickly involved, producing a first time effort on goal which was saved by a diving Yilmaz. Williams then curled a free kick goalwards which was palmed past the post by the keeper.
Another free kick led to a good chance for England, Unitt's centre picking out Ellen White who planted a free header over the bar.
However the Arsenal striker made amends five minutes later, after Faye White's header had found Jill Scott, the midfielder threading a good pass into the path of Ellen White who neatly slotted home a left foot shot for her third goal in five internationals.
Chapman almost added another a minute later but her header was saved at point blank range by Yilmaz. Williams shot wide after a good run had taken her past three challenges and the overworked Yilmaz did well to prevent Jill Scott from scoring after she had battled to win the ball inside the area.
The third goal was not too long in coming though and it came from a set piece. Yankey curled a corner into the centre of goal where Faye White headed the ball on for Clarke to nod home from close range.
Yilmaz pulled off another excellent save after Ellen White had met a Yankey cross with a firm header and England continued to seek further goals, but had to settle for three on the night.
Hope Powell's side are therefore confirmed as winners of Group Five, with next month's trip to Austria still to come, and they can now look forward to the chance of World Cup qualification when their two-legged play-off takes place in September.
England: Rachel Brown, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Katie Chapman, Faye White, Casey Stoney, Jess Clarke (sub Dunia Susi 77mins), Fara Williams (sub Laura Bassett 77mins), Eniola Aluko (sub Ellen White 45mins), Jill Scott, Rachel Yankey. Subs not used: Dunia Susi, Siobhan Chamberlain, Laura Bassett, Sophie Bradley, Sue Smith, Lindsay Johnson.
Turkey: Duygu Yilmaz, Feride Bakir, Gulcan Koca, Cigdem Belci, Melisa Dilber Erturk, Cansu Yag, Seval Kirac, Seyma Erenli (sub Basak Ersoy 58mins), Esra Erol (sub Fatma Kara 66mins), Eylul Elgalp (sub Zubeyde Kaya 89mins), Leyla Gungor. Subs not used: Leyla Bagci, Teslime Karahisarli, Esra Bicer.
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