England look for home joy

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ENGLAND star Jess Clarke believes a combination of the team’s quality and a fervent home backing will help guide Hope Powell’s side to three crucial Euro qualifying points against Serbia at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight.

England surrendered a 2-0 interval lead when the two sides met in Belgrade in September but have since beaten Slovenia 4-0 in Swindon and secured a hard earned 0-0 draw in Holland last month, and Clarke is eager to keep the momentum going tonight.

“Any team that is playing at home does have the advantage,” said the Lincoln winger. “Serbia were probably a bit more used to the heat than we were. But now we are playing at home, it won’t be anywhere near as hot and we’ll have a good crowd behind us.

“The Keepmoat is an absolutely fantastic stadium and if we can fill the ground it will make for a brilliant atmosphere.

“I thought there were a lot of positives that we can take from that Serbia game last time.

“We kept the ball well and applied everything we had worked on in training but, obviously, towards the end perhaps we needed some better game management.”