Tottenham manager Jepson believes Bethany England deserves a shot at a World Cup squad opportunity with the Lionesses

VICKY JEPSON says Bethany England is worthy of a Lionesses World Cup spot after Spurs won their WSL fight for survival.

The Tottenham striker’s brace took her to 12 goals this season and left bottom Reading on the brink of relegation.

Bethany England and Kit Graham both scored as Tottenham won their battle to avoid relegation


Bethany England and Kit Graham both scored as Tottenham won their battle to avoid relegationPhoto credit: Getty
England were voted Tottenham's Supporters' Club's Player of the Season for their attacking performances


England were voted Tottenham’s Supporters’ Club’s Player of the Season for their attacking performancesPhoto credit: Getty

It was also their fifth goal in three games at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the team’s first Premier League and WSL double-header there.

Caretaker manager Jepson, whose team play West Ham in the final game of the season, said: “Personally, I’m over the moon (with the result).”

“The task was to keep us in the WSL and that task is done and we can enjoy that status in the WSL.

“We still have one game to play and we definitely don’t want to be complacent.”

England’s outstanding finish for Tottenham has seen England become their third-top scorer in the top flight this season.

Her tally of 12 goals includes 10 from 11 WSL games for Jepson’s side who beat Reading 4-1.

The Tottenham boss added: “There have been occasions in games where Beth has scored goals out of thin air through individual brilliance.”

“I think she should go to the World Cup, but I’m not going to tell Sarina Wiegman how to do her job.”

“It’s up to her, but I think she’s one of the top English goalscorers in WSL.”

The deadlock was broken in yesterday’s game when England headed ahead in the 29th minute from a cross from Molly Bartrip.

Celin Bizet doubled the hosts’ lead four minutes before the break when she fired past the keeper

Grace Moloney follows Eveliina Summanen’s through ball.

Royals boss Kelly Chambers reshuffled her deck in the second half, Emma Harries replaced Sanne Troelsgaard and Deanne Rose replaced Tia Primmer.

But Spurs increased their lead when England capitalized on a back pass from Easther Mayi Kith in the 62nd minute.

Kit Graham made it 4-0 with 15 minutes to go after mispointing Moloney

And Reading equalized when Justine Vanhaevermaet headed home in the 79th minute.

Kelly Chambers' side from Reading are set to win against West Ham at home to relegated rivals Leicester today


Kelly Chambers’ side from Reading are set to win against West Ham at home to relegated rivals Leicester todayPhoto credit: Getty

If Leicester beat visiting West Ham today, the Royals will be relegated.

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Chambers said: “We can’t fool ourselves about where we are and on the final day it’s Chelsea.”

“It was a tough day and a tough season. Leagues don’t lie, you end up where you’re supposed to be.”


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