CAN AWAYDAY FORM DECIDE IT FOR BLUES?
A SEASON on from doing the double, Chelsea find themselves in must-win territory if they are to deny Manchester City the WSL 1 title today, but Beth England insists the Blues should not be counted out. Given their away form, it’s easy to see why Chelsea are confident. With 18 points from a possible 18 and 20 goals scored to just two conceded, it is on their travels where the Blues have been at their best. However, a trip to Manchester City is another challenge entirely. The league leaders have dropped points in only two games – two draws against Liverpool – and conceded just three goals in the league. Crucially, if they avoid defeat they will be crowned champions for the first time. Lose and they need to beat Birmingham City in the final round of fixtures to deny Chelsea the chance of snatching the title, and England has not given up hope of doing just that. “The preparation has been building for this game and we know just how big it is,” explained the 22-year-old attacking midfielder. “It’s going to be the biggest game of the season and we know what a great team they are. “But we really want to keep the title race alive and keep the pressure on. There is also the Champions League to fight for. “We want to make sure we’re playing in it next year, so we know we have to perform. I’m in my first season here, but I know how important this game is.” England arrived at Chelsea this season from Doncaster Rovers Belles and, while she admits to missing her native Yorkshire, it has been a smooth transition. With 15 appearances so far, she’s established herself as a valuable squad player, even in a very strong Chelsea set-up. The youngster is also part of the England Next Gen squad, named last month, and is dreaming even bigger for next season. She added: “It’s been massively different coming down here. I went from training for two days to five or six sessions a week, as well as the gym. “I’m absolutely loving it and it’s a great set-up. I just want to give back to the club now for all they’ve done for me. “It takes a bit of adapting coming down here, but I’m really settling in. It’s tough being away from home as I’m quite a family person. But everyone back home understands that it’s a long way to go. “It’s gone really well so far here and I’ve played a lot of games. Next season, I’d like to be playing even more in the starting XI. “I’ve also been involved in the Next Gen team and I’ve had the chance to train with the full England squad while I was there. “That’s where being at Chelsea really helps. At first, it’s a bit daunting, but then I realised I train with half of them already and they calm you down a bit.”