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Game Thread: Canada vs. England Quarterfinals

Follow along as Canada try to continue their run at Canada 2015 with a win over the English.

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Canada vs. England

7:30 PM EST

BC Place Vancouver, BC


The Headliner: Peaking at the Right Time

Save maybe a comprehensive defensive victory over Switzerland, Canada will be the first to tell you they haven't been happy with their play at Canada 2015. With only three goals scored so far they haven't lost but still haven't hit their stride on home soil.

Today they have an opportunity to do that in the same round as they beat team Great Britain and kickstarted their tournament at London 2012. There won't be any time for any half performances in this one, if Canada want to get through they will have to be at there best.

There is something to be said, however, about Canada's resilience so far this tournament. There has been no doubt that they are playing with spirit, and that spirit has been what has kept them going in this tournament. It has made them hard to beat, and nobody has been up to that task yet.

Now its time for Canada to play up to their potential, as they are just three games from winning it all at Canada 2015. If they can peak at the right time then there is no saying how far they can go.

Key Matchup: Christine Sinclair vs. Steph Houghton

Like the Canadian team, Sinclair hasn't hit her stride yet at Canada 2015. While she isn't the same player as three years ago, she also still has the ability to change games. She hasn't done that yet for Canada ahead of the rounds where they really could use that type of play.

Steph Houghton is the captain of England, and as a defender she is one of the players who will be entrusted with making sure that Sinclair never does have her breakout game at this tournament.

However, more than what they bring to the table as players, it will be the leadership of these two players that will be key to this match. This is going to be a difficult mental game for both squads, and each leader will be massive to keeping their team in check.

The Lineup:

Canada have made no changes from the roster that took down the Swiss in the round of 16. This is no real surprise as it constituted Canada's best game of the tournament. The only position that may have changed after last game was centreback but Canada will stick with Lauren Sesselmann at the back, who despite some shaky play still hasn't conceded a goal.