Eni Aluko warns England to beware Spain star Aitana Bonmati

Karen Carney and Eni Aluko warn England to beware ‘deceptive’ Spain star Aitana Bonmati – insisting the midfielder is the biggest threat to the Lionesses’ World Cup final hopes

  • Karen Carney earmarked Aitana Bonmati as one to watch in the World Cup final
  • The Barcelona midfielder has netted three times for La Roja at the tournament
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Eni Aluko has warned England that they must be prepared for the challenge Spain’s Aitana Bonmati will bring ahead of the World Cup final on Sunday.

Sarina Wiegman’s side have enjoyed an excellent tournament so far, with the Lionesses qualifying for a World Cup final for the first time in their history with victory over hosts Australia on Wednesday.

The final hurdle separating England and World Cup glory is Jorge Vilda’s Spain, a well-drilled unit bursting with talent and creativity that have conceded just three goals at the tournament whilst scoring 21.

Speaking following Sweden’s victory over Australia in the third place playoff on Saturday, Aluko earmarked Bonmati as a threat the Lionesses will need to be on the lookout for.

‘[Bonmati is] someone England are going to have to be aware of, she knows exactly what she’s doing, she’s really important for this Spanish team, won Champions Leagues with Barcelona, she’s so deceptive.’

Karen Carney and Eni Aluko earmarked Aitana Bonmati as a player England will have to be weary of in the World Cup final

The Barcelona midfielder netted twice in Spain’s Round of 16 victory over Switzerland

Carney also heaped praise on Alex Greenwood for her performances at the heart of England’s defence

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Fellow former England star Karen Carney agreed with Aluko’s assessment, adding that the Barcelona midfielder is a ‘joy’ to watch.

‘She’s incredible, really good feet. She’s a joy, I’m excited to see her play even though it’s going to be against us tomorrow.’

Carney also hailed the performances of Alex Greenwood, with the Man City star retaining her place as Wiegman switched to a back three and starting every game in the team’s run to the final.

‘She missed out in last years Euros, and to come through and be solid, that back three is the spine of the team.’

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