Eni Aluko had a message for England’s World Cup rivals on Saturday: “Catch me if you can.”
The sister of Hull striker Sone Aluko has hit 32 goals for the Lionesses, including 13 in 10 qualifiers for Canada 2015.
And after adding a dazzling goal against the Netherlands at the Cyprus Cup in March, when she left a trail of orange shirts in her wake on a 45-yard charge, Aluko’s confidence has never been higher.
It was a solo strike comparable to John Barnes’s famous Maracana goal.
Aluko hopes there is another wonder strike to come at the tournament which for England begins against France on June 9 in Moncton.
“I’ll give it a go,” said Aluko.
“The goal against Holland is up there with my best. I didn’t think too much of it at the time: I just picked up the ball and ran at players and found myself at the edge of the box and got myself into the box. I saw the gap and hit it and it went in and it’s only when I look back that I realise how far I’d run.
“It gives me confidence to know at this level I can certainly score goals and be dangerous on the dribble as well.”
England played a final warm-up match on Friday night when they tackled World Cup hosts Canada in Hamilton.
Having arrived in Canada on Monday evening, and had only one full training session since, the performance was perhaps predictably flat as England lost 1-0, conceding a fine strike from Sophie Schmidt.
Aluko came off the bench but stands to be more heavily involved come tournament time, with Mexico and Colombia also awaiting England in the group stage.