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Summary

  1. FT: Canada 1-0 England
  2. Brilliant 18-yard strike from Schmidt
  3. Fara Williams hits crossbar from distance
  4. England starting XI: Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton (c), Stoney, Rafferty, Duggan, J Scott, Chapman, Carney, White, Sanderson.

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Anyway, that's all from us.

    See you tomorrow for the small matter of the FA Cup final. Join us for a whole day of glorious build-up right here from 09:00 BST.

    That's just seven hours away - so get your kip in now!

  2. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Would we be saying disappointing had Fara Williams's ridiculously long-range shot hit the underside of the bar and bounced in?

    Yeah I think so.

    England kick-off their World Cup campaign proper against France on 9 June. Let's hope for a better showing then.

  3. FULL-TIME

    Canada 1-0 England

    And that is that. The referee calls time on a disappointing England performance.

  4. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Three minutes are up. Deep in England territory Canada have a free-kick...

  5. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    A flurry down the left, is there going to be a cross? One more chance? Canada are doing well to stifle them until Alex Greenwood's cross is momentarily spilled by Erin McLeod....

    That could be it. Jade Moore just couldn't react quick enough and McLeod is back in control.

  6. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Three minutes of stoppage time to be played.

    Alex Greenwood is not Fara Williams and blazes way over from range.

  7. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Will there be one more chance for England? Just give it to Fara! Wherever she is she's found her range now!

  8. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Canada 1-0 England

    What?!

    I said England could score from range but this is ridiculous from Fara Williams - from way, way out she pings the ball against the bar. The most amazing thing is that she seems totally non-plussed by it all.

    Must do it every day in training?

  9. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    England are almost through - but this one is offside as Eni Aluko struggles to bring the ball under her spell. A thick cloud of black rubber is thrown up from the artificial pitch as she stumbles to the ground.

  10. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    England's Natasha Dowie summarising on the BBC: "For me it is very predictable - England are getting the ball and it is obvious what they are going to do. Can the midfield get on the ball a little bit more? I'd like them to mix it up a bit."

  11. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Offside? Nope, Melissa Tancredi is on but can only fire straight into the arms of Karen Bardsley from a very tight angle.

    Surely she would have been better off crossing the thing anyway? Still all the chances falling Canada's way, with just over five to go.

  12. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Katie: Canada very tight in their performance and crossing abilities are amazing. I'd do anything to be there supporting England's women team for the #womensworldcup Next time if I'm lucky

    Viv: England need more possession & also need to play through the wings or middle instead of just hoofing the ball to Eni upfront.

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  13. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Another substitution for England. Can Jade Moore create something? She's on for Karen Carney.

  14. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Just under 10 minutes then, for England to find a reply.

    How badly will wounded pride affect their World Cup chances?

  15. CLOSE!

    Canada 1-0 England

    Sophie Schmidt seems to be all over the pitch - here she is bearing down on Karen Bardsley's goal but Steph Houghton just manages to scramble back in time and poke the ball behind.

    It's pinball at the back post from the corner but England again manage to clear. "Keep the intensity!" is the shout from the Canada bench, before Bardsley claims a cross brilliantly.

  16. SUBSTITUTION

    Canada 1-0 England

    Shoot! But Adriana Leon goes for the showboat instead. Having jinked into space on her right foot she looks to beat just one more and England can clear.

    And that's her night over now - two more subs for Canada. Leon is replaced by 17-year-old midfielder Jessie Fleming, while Ashley Lawrence is replaced by Kaylyn Kyle.

  17. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Fran Kirby could be just what England need now. Every time I've seen her this season she's been excellent at actually doing something with the ball - and she can shoot from range, too.

    That could well be the most likely source of a goal for Mark Sampson's side.

  18. SUBSTITUTION

    Canada 1-0 England

    Here's one on cue - Fran Kirby is on for Katie Chapman.

  19. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Jill Scott goes down after a 50-50 with Allysha Chapman. She's back up quickly though. More changes to come from Mark Sampson? It's a friendly remember, so even having made three they can fill their boots.

  20. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Adriana Leon slaloms away from a series of England challenges but what's this? Canada give the ball away?

    No fear as England give it straight back with another hurried, misplaced pass. Maybe looking for Eni Aluko over the top again? But in truth it was difficult to tell...

  21. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    I'd wager England's 1-0 win over Canada in the final of the Cyprus Cup feels a long way away now. It was only March, but this performance is light years away.

  22. SUBSTITUTION

    Canada 1-0 England

    And here's a change for Canada - Carmelina Moscato is on for Lauren Sesselmann.

  23. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    England's Natasha Dowie summarising on the BBC: "England need to get on the ball more often. We do not look like a confident team. At the moment we look shell-shocked."

  24. The view from Canada

    Canada 1-0 England

  25. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    First touch for Eni Aluko - surely she's not going to be asked to play on her own up front? She's muscled off the ball too easily as England launch the ball up to the halfway line.

    Sophie Schmidt is floating back towards her own goal to pick up the ball, Wayne Rooney-esque. There's so many more passes for her to pick.

  26. SUBSTITUTION

    Canada 1-0 England

    And here's the cavalry.

    Farah Williams, Eni Aluko and Alex Greenwood are coming on for England with Claire Rafferty, Lianne Sanderson and Ellen White coming off.

  27. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Lovely from Sophie Schmidt again.

    England don't seem to have a player like her - somebody who can turn under pressure and get her foot on the ball, bring players in.

    Christine Sinclair (international caps a whopping 223) surges forward but no-one's gone with her - do Canada look to be sitting a bit deeper now?

  28. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Yes Canada have been all over them, yes they've struggled to get going so far, but still England are only one Sophie Schmidt-esque wonder strike from levelling things up here.

    Because as it stands they don't look like scoring from open play. Canada, meanwhile continue to be patient in possession, waiting for the chances they know will come.

  29. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Lovely play again from Canada and Allysha Chapman has definitely had her wheat-based cereal biscuits this morning.

    Again she motors down the left, latching on to a lovely flick from Sophie Schmidt to force a corner and after Schmidt hammers a shot to the near post with Canada taking it short, England take about five attempts to clear their lines before they win a free-kick.

    And breathe.

  30. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Can she go all the way? Allysha Chapman surges forward from Canada's back four but Steph Houghton is there to hammer into the stands and halt her progress.

    From the throw-in the home side work it well - it's all tidy and on the deck before a Sophie Schmidt cross is plucked out of the air by Karen Bardsley.

  31. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tom Garry: England capable of far better than what they've shown in that 1st half. Will be interesting to see if Fran Kirby gets a run out.

  32. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Natasha Dowie reckons it's only a matter of time before we do see the changes though, and she could well be on to something - Canada have restarted the brighter of the two here.

  33. KICK-OFF

    Canada 1-0 England

    No changes. We are back under way.

  34. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Can't argue with that Danny, but what about Moncton? What's it like? I'm intrigued.

  35. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Canada 1-0 England

    Danny Hacking: Worldly knowledge: England need to keep hold of the ball more in the second half...

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  36. The view from Canada

    Canada 1-0 England

    Here's the BBC's Caroline Rigby with some news of what kind of impact hosting the World Cup could have on the game in Canada...

  37. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Will there be changes at half-time from Mark Sampson? Eniola Aluko's on the bench, as is Jordan Nobbs...

  38. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Tim Oliver: There isn't much closing down from Toni Duggan on the right wing. Giving Schmidt too much time to put the ball into the box.

    Pepper Jack: Goal came out of nowhere but England are chasing shadows. Lumping away possession when they get it. Aimless.

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  39. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    We all love a good bit of magic now don't we. England need a Dynamo but they'd take a Paul Daniels right now.

  40. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    England's Natasha Dowie summarising on the BBC: "All that is missing from England at the moment is the final ball. One moment of brilliance has been the difference. It really was a good bit of magic."

  41. HALF-TIME

    Canada 1-0 England

    England's Katie Chapman (right) and Canada's Ashley Lawrence

    That's been the story of the half so far - Canada have showed their quality while England seem to have left it at home.

    Let's hope it's back at base camp rather than across the pond...

  42. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    One minute of injury time to play.

    Good build-up play but again the final moment of quality just isn't there.

  43. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Toni Duggan almost gives the ball away before Karen Carney does and for a moment Canada look like they're nailed on to rampage forward on the break.

    The danger's covered though, as players swarm to slow play down. England will have been hoping to raise their game before half-time but still it's Canada who look in control.

    Just a few minutes to go before the break.

  44. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Another set piece from England in a dangerous position. So far they've wasted at least two while the others have been mediocre. It's whipped in by Toni Duggan and Erin McLeod is wasting no time coming off her line to punch.

    A very decent ball in, well defended.

  45. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    England's Natasha Dowie summarising on the BBC: "Sophie Schmidt has been everywhere - she has definitely been the outstanding performer in this match so far. England need to make the most of their set-pieces. They need a little more urgency in their play."

  46. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Experimental tactics a week before the World Cup begins?

    So far Mark Sampson can't be pleased with what he's seen. England have fallen away while Canada have burst into life.

  47. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    By the way, if you're having to strain to make out the top third of the picture from this match - it's because of an advertising issue with the host broadcasters.

    You and me both...

  48. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Let's call it an agricultural challenge from Jill Scott? She clearly does not mess around as Ashley Lawrence is bundled to the ground in the box.

    Nothing from the referee and for me England have got away with one.

  49. CLOSE!

    Canada 1-0 England

    It's not coming though. Canada are growing in stature and Sophie Schmidt is brought down in full stride. Actually there were two fouls the referee could have blown up for there.

    It's Schmidt again from the free-kick and it's just over the bar. A lovely right-foot on her, great technique.

  50. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Danny Hacking: Great strike, no keeper is saving that.

  51. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    If only Sophie Schmidt had scored that goal a week or so later - it would be up there for goal of the World Cup for sure.

    Still, when we're seeing strikes like that and the fun hasn't even begun (official fun, that is) it's got to be a good thing.

    England just need to get a foothold back in this game now. A nice bit of possession.

  52. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    Canada are all over this now. That goal came from nowhere but they believe there's more to come.

    And who can argue? So far England haven't tested Erin McLeod at all.

  53. Post update

    Canada 1-0 England

    England's Natasha Dowie summarising on the BBC: "I would say that goal came against the run of play but the technique there was brilliant - it was very, very difficult."

  54. GOAL

    Canada 1-0 England - Sophie Schmidt

    What. A. Goal.

    Sophie Schmidt has just hit an absolutely stunning strike, first time, edge of the box, and into Karen Bardsley's top left corner. It was out of nothing but let's forget about who deserves what. That is worthy of winning any match. Bardsley had no chance.

  55. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    England's Natasha Dowie summarising on the BBC: "England will end up frustrating the Canadians and that is when they will get their chance. Hopefully England can get their passing game going a little bit because at the moment Canada look a little rattled."

  56. CLOSE!

    Canada 0-0 England

    Steph Houghton's back in the thick of it - she gingerly stabs towards goal from an England corner and Erin McLeod nervously palms side.

    A second corner and McLeod's nerves are gone - an elegant dive and good hands to gather from Jill Scott this time.

  57. CLOSE!

    Canada 0-0 England

    Steph Houghton (right) went close for England

    That's a lovely flick from Karen Carey. She looks good in that number 10 role and finds Lianne Sanderson, who's felled.

    Steph Houghton's free-kick whistles over the bar and that's the closest we've come so far

  58. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    But now where's the pressure gone? This time as Canada build from the back the England top five stand off - luckily for them the hosts opt to go long and give the ball away though.

  59. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    This is better from England - pressure in midfield, they harry their opponents on the ball but having won it back there's no quality on the through pass looking to play in a striker on goal.

    Great energy, poor final product.

  60. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    England's Natasha Dowie summarising on the BBC: "Both teams are really struggling to find their way into this game. I feel that at the moment England are going too long, too quickly."

  61. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    And my point is made brilliantly for me as England almost find themselves played in through from nowhere - the ball again seemed to slow up and Erin McLeod had to take evasive action in the Canada goal.

  62. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    How are England coping with the surface so far?

    With just under 10 minutes played, there has been a few misplaced passes. Let me stop you there before you make a joke about that being par for the course with England though. I'm not a huge fan of artificial turf - the ball always seems to get stuck under your feet.

  63. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    This cross is better! Melissa Tancredi can't quite latch onto a teasing Ashley Lawrence ball from wide right though.

    Just for a moment there was real noise from the home fans.

  64. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    Ah, well just as I say that Sanderson gives the ball away. Canada have a chance to launch one into the box but there's no quality on that delivery. England can clear.

  65. Post update

    Canada 0-0 England

    That's a good point Tim. Seems like Mark Sampson is very much open to suggestion as to who to go for up front fot the opening game against France next week.

    So far it's looking good. Lianne Sanderson looks composed leading the line.

  66. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Loren Mallett: Come on Canadian women. Show those Brits who's boss (politely that is).

    Tim Oliver: Will be interesting to see how Ellen White, Lianne Sanderson and Toni Duggan line up against Canada. Really exciting starting XI.

    Michael Blighe: I'm a Brit in Canada (Edmonton), not knowing who to root for.

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  67. CLOSE!

    Canada 0-0 England

    Early chance for Jill Scott - England start well and zip the ball around before working the midfielder into a shooting position - it's sliced very high and wide though.

    Disappointing.

  68. KICK-OFF

    Canada 0-0 England

    And we are under way at last.

  69. Post update

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    We all love a good anthem but apparently kick-off has been put back to 00:07 BST.

    So we're moments away. Honest.

  70. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Nunn Come On England . Toni Duggan hat-trick will do nicely.

    Alex Walker: Time for the final warm-up game before the World Cup. Come on England!

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  71. Post update

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    So, we're a little late but the players are out of the tunnel now.

    Tim Hortons is a cafe chain I seem to recall? Kick-off is imminent...

  72. History on England's side

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    Back in March, England beat Canada 1-0 in the final of the Cyprus Cup.

    Lianne Sanderson's goal was enough to secure a huge confidence boost and a third title in six year's at the invitational tournament.

    In fact, all three of England's Cyprus wins have come against Canada - they also won 3-1 in 2009 (with Sanderson again among the scorers) and 1-0 in 2013.

    How are they going to do on enemy territory tonight though? We're only a few minutes away from kick-off...

  73. Post update

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    And on the topic of artificial pitches... it was only a few months ago that leading women footballers abandoned legal action over their use at this summer's tournament.

    In January, a case claiming sexism against the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and world governing body Fifa was withdrawn at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal.

    Players had argued that the tournament should be played on similar surfaces to the men, and that synthetic pitches would increase the danger of injuries.

    But Fifa said it would not make a switch and that Canada was still the best choice to host it.

  74. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matt Eagles: Come on England!!!!

    Tina Hamilton: Can't wait!

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  75. Post update

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    Tonight's venue - Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario - isn't one of Canada's six host stadiums.

    But it does have an artificial pitch - just like all the other grounds in the tournament, and that's seemingly been key to England playing here tonight.

    Here's England boss Mark Sampson's take on things: "We've done our graft, this game is a real chance for us to see where we are physically, to experience the environment, the turf, a big crowd, good opponents.

    "I think we'll learn lots of lessons, in terms of physically where we're at, emotionally how we can deal with that kind of environment, and that surface. We will finish the game being in a good place to move to the next level."

  76. How well do you know England?

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    And if you're after a little bit more on who's who in the England squad, again we've got you covered.

    Head over here for all you need to know, as BBC Sport runs the rule over Mark Sampson's squad with the help of former England internationals Kelly Smith, Faye White, Sue Smith and Rachel Brown-Finnis.

  77. What's on the agenda for England

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    England's opening fixture comes against France on 11 June.

    Then it's Mexico four days later and Colombia four days after that.

    First and second in the group advances to the knockout stages, but third place could do it as well - the best four third-placed teams of the six groups go through.

  78. How to watch the World Cup on BBC

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    We mentioned Moncton earlier - it's one of the six venues to welcome World Cup football to Canada this summer. Wondering how you can follow it all?

    You can head over here for the full details, but because we're nice like that, here's what you need to know:

    • Each of the 52 matches will be shown across the BBC, with every game available to watch on the BBC Sport website, while all England fixtures will be on BBC Radio 5 live.
    • The tournament begins on Saturday, 6 June as hosts Canada take on China. (BBC Three; 23:00 BST kick-off).
    • England open against France on Tuesday, 9 June, (BBC Two; 18:00 BST kick-off).
  79. Cute picture alert...

    Canada v England (00:00)

    Casey Stoney's partner Megan Harris is all ready for tonight's game, and so are their twins Teddy and Tilly by the looks of it...

  80. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Thoughts on tonight's game? Advice on where to go out for dinner in Moncton?

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  81. LINE-UPS

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    And here's the Canada starting XI - it's a special night for Melissa Tancredi, who picks up her 100th international cap. 

  82. LINE-UPS

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    The line-ups are in already - there's no Eniola Aluko or Jordan Nobbs for England, who are led by returning captain Steph Houghton. She's recovered from a knee injury to wear the armband tonight.

    England XI: Bardsley, Bronze, Houghton (C), Stoney, Rafferty, Duggan, J Scott, Chapman, Carney, White, Sanderson.

  83. One last chance...

    Canada v England (00:00 BST)

    England's women

    It may be a tough one to get your head around if you're approaching the midnight hour in the United Kingdom, but for England's players these 90 minutes coming up are going to be as full-on as you like.

    OK it's a friendly match, but this close to a World Cup surely there's no holding back. You made it on the plane, arrived at base camp, you've even been given a send off by the Duke of Cambridge (he's an Aston Villa fan by the way).

    Now's the time to show what you can do.

    And for some this could well be a last chance to stake a claim in Mark Sampson's plans for the tournament - tonight England face hosts Canada in a final warm-up match before the main event.