EMMA HAYES hopes Jess Carter will get another chance to shine for England after her performance in Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
A Guro Reiten goal – scored by the full-back – gave the Blues a 1-0 win, cutting Arsenal’s lead to two points.
Results seen Chelsea went 10 games unbeaten in the league against Man City before clashing with the Gunners.
Hayes hopes Carter’s feat will give Sarina Wiegman food to think about ahead of the Arnold Clark Cup.
The Lionesses boss will name his team ahead of the one-round round-robin tournament with England against Canada, Germany and Spain.
And Wiegman was there to see Carter and other Blues and City man active stars at Kingsmeadow.
The Warwick-born defender, 24, currently has three England caps.
Blues captain Hayes, 44, said: “Jess’ rise to prominence is not well documented, but she has gone from being a young player from Birmingham, taking three seasons to adapt, to new players. what we see now.
“I think she should be given more opportunities for England. She is one of the best one-on-one defenders and is growing in stature. “
On Chelsea’s win, Hayes added: “People always say without Chelsea, look how many trophies Man City would win.
“They came to women’s football to get past Arsenal, but I’m not sure Chelsea counts in that equation.
“It’s hard for them to win the league right now, but they’re still a top team. Our defensive strategy worked very well. It was a performance like a champ.”
Chelsea showed their intentions early on with Erin Cuthbert’s corner looking bound before Jess Park saved it in the fifth minute.
The 0-0 scoreline lasted only nine minutes with Reiten heading the champions ahead after an accurate pass from Carter.
The home side had a couple of good chances to double the gap of almost half an hour.
First through a Sophie Ingle shot blocked at the edge of the box after some neat exchanges between ace Wales and Reiten.
And then Pernille Harder rushed into the box and forced Ellie Roebuck to block the way.
Despite Chelsea’s attacking dominance, Gareth Taylor’s side caused some problems in the latter half of the first half.
Lauren Hemp made a mighty run into the box, closely followed by Carter, before slamming a cross over the area and not playing.
City’s best chance came with Park’s half-hearted volley forcing Ann-Katrin Berger to make a save near half-time.
Sam Kerr came close to doubling Chelsea’s lead in the second game against Roebuck forcing the striker to shoot wide into number 47.order minute.
And a timely settlement from Ruby Mace — which began in Steph Houghton’s absence — denied Kerr other moments of shooting opportunities afterward.
Late substitute Lauren James was close to reaching his first goal moments after Hemp forced a save with a half-hearted volley.
And the home side survived a late surge as Man City – who have scored 37 goals in the last nine games – pressed forward.
Caroline Weir had a good chance to go ahead near the final whistle, with Vicky Losada, Hemp and Ellen White waiting in the box, but her shot went over the bar.
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Man City’s defeat left them sidelined by Tottenham and Reading with their late title chances looking slim.
Head coach Gareth Taylor, 48, said: “It’s a gap, it’s a big gap. We just need to stay away from it. It starts next week
“We were unfortunate not to leave with at least one point today. We’re going to attack next week’s game (against Man United) and start getting some ground back that we’re working on. ”
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