Fran Kirby: Reading 'know they can step up' without England star

Fran Kirby
Fran Kirby is in England's squad for the upcoming World Cup in Canada

Manager Kelly Chambers says Reading have shown there is more to their team than just England striker Fran Kirby.

The Royals beat their Women's Super League Two title rivals Doncaster 3-0 on Saturday, without their top goal scorer in the side.

Kirby, 21, is in the England squad for next month's World Cup in Canada.

"As much as Fran is our goalscorer, it just shows that we do have other goalscorers in the team," Chambers told BBC Sport.

"It's not all about Fran scoring all the goals. They can't allow her to do that all the time.

"They know they can step up now and score the goals with her. We have to cope without her."

Reading's goals this season
Reading are the top scorers in WSL 2 with 23 goals so far this season, with Fran Kirby scoring 11 times. Lauren Bruton (six), Emma Follis (three), Bonnie Horwood (two) and Bianca Bragg have the others.

Reading lost at home to Yeovil Town and drew at home to Oxford United, before securing back-to-back wins over Everton and then-league leaders Doncaster.

"We had a sticky patch a couple of weeks ago, but we've shown that we are a tough team," Chambers added. "The girls have worked hard and (beating Doncaster) has put them back on the map."

League leaders Reading host fourth-placed Millwall Lionesses on Friday at the Madejski Stadium.

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