England held to draw by Olympic Champions Canada in Arnold Clark Cup

England were held to a draw by Olympic champions Canada in their opening match of the Arnold Clark Cup.

It was the first time England played a side ranked in the world’s top 10 under manager Sarina Wiegman and took a first-half lead through defender Millie Bright’s excellent volley.

That capped off an impressive opening 45 minutes in which England created numerous chances and were rarely tested by Canada.

But Manchester City forward Janine Beckie curled a shot into the top left corner after the break to equalise for Canada, who were much more of a threat in the second period.

England continued to create – Nikita Parris, Lauren Hemp and Beth Mead all had chances – but the game became far more open with neither side able to take control.

The Lionesses remain unbeaten in seven games under Wiegman. This was their toughest test so far, albeit against a Canada side who had several of their players in pre-season training ahead of their domestic campaign.

England face Spain and Germany, who also drew 1-1 in their meeting, on Sunday and Wednesday respectively.

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