Karen Carney and Eni Aluko warn England to beware of ‘deceptive’ Spain star Aitana Bonmati – and insist the midfielder poses the biggest threat to the Lionesses’ World Cup final hopes
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Eni Aluko has warned England they must be prepared for the challenge that Spain’s Aitana Bonmati will bring ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final.
Sarina Wiegman’s side have had an excellent tournament so far, with the Lionesses qualifying for a World Cup final for the first time in their history by beating hosts Australia on Wednesday.
The final hurdle between England and the World Cup is Spain under Jorge Vilda, a well-established side full of talent and creativity who have conceded just three goals, scoring 21, in the tournament.
After Sweden’s win over Australia in Saturday’s third-place play-off, Eni highlighted Aluko Bonmati as a threat the Lionesses must be on the lookout for.
‘[Bonmati is] Someone England need to be aware of, she knows exactly what she’s doing, she’s really important to this Spanish side, won the Champions League with Barcelona, she’s so deceptive.”
Karen Carney and Eni Aluko have earmarked Aitana Bonmati as a player England will have to retire in the World Cup final
The Barcelona midfielder scored twice in Spain’s round of 16 win over Switzerland
Carney also praised Alex Greenwood for her performances at the heart of England’s defence
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Karen Carney, a former England international, agreed with Aluko’s assessment, adding that it was a “joy to watch” the Barcelona midfielder.
“She’s amazing, really good feet.” She’s a delight, I’m excited to see her play even if it’s against us tomorrow.”
Carney also praised the performances of Alex Greenwood, with the Man City star retaining her place while Wiegman switched to the back three and started every game on the side’s path to the final.
“She missed the European Championships last year and to come through and be solid, that back three is the backbone of the team.”