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 By PA Sport

England women rout Russia to open World Cup qualifying

Jodie Taylor scored to help England open their campaign with a big win.

England's Lionesses delivered a public endorsement to under-pressure manager Mark Sampson in a 6-0 win over Russia at Prenton Park.

Goals from Nikita Parris, local favourite Jodie Taylor, Jordan Nobbs, Lucy Bronze and Toni Duggan, who struck twice, meant that for 90 minutes at least, Sampson could savour every moment of his job.

And there would have been no point sweeter for the 34-year-old Welshman than when the entire starting XI made a beeline for the bench to celebrate alongside him the 11th-minute...