International football returned to Fratton Park in sensational style last night as England treated fans to a goal blitz.
The Three Lions savaged a battered Turkish side with an 8-0 victory to keep up their perfect start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.
It’s been nine years since the national women’s side visited the city but they can’t stay away so long again after serving up a Champagne performance.
Okay, the defending from the Turks was hapless but the fluidity of Brent Hills’ side was a joy to behold.
And that ensured a crowd of 6,293 were sent home smiling as Pompey proved the perfect hosts.
There was a raucous spirit with John Westwood driving the noise of a decent-sized crowd from the Fratton End.
And the Three Lions responded in the most emphatic style, ripping into the Turks from the outset.
Two goals from Toni Duggan in the second minute set the tone for a devastating performance from England.
Alex Scott provided the ammunition for the opener with a marauding run down the right.
It was the outstanding Eniola Aluko who teed Duggan up for her second moments later, with the forward rifling in her delivery.
England were in total control and carving out chance after chance as the visitors were pummelled into submission.
Fara Williams, Rachel Carney and Duggan all had opportunities before the Turks hit Siobhan Chamberlain’s upright through Leyla Gungor.
That was merely the catalyst for England to go through the gears, however.
Ellen White added to the advantage in the 30th minute, staying cool when clean through to pause before firing beyond Fatma Sahin.
The chant was ‘play up England’ from the home fans lapping up the enterprising football from their side.
And the Three Lions did just that with three more goals before the break, as Aluko tapped in, Duggan completed her hat-trick and White grabbed her second with a smart header.
The second-half continued in the same vein as the first with England adding to their advantage four minutes after the restart.
White danced around Sahin but elected to centre when forced wide allowing Aluko to nod the ball home.
Aluko quite rightly received a standing ovation when withdrawn for Natasha Dowie, niece of Iain Dowie, after 58 minutes.
And it was Dowie who added the eighth goal 15 minutes from time, finishing with aplomb after smart play from Casey Stoney and Jordan Nobbs.
That wrapped up a night of high-value entertainment as the Three Lions cemented their place at the top of group six ahead of their clash with Wales next month.
ENGLAND: Chamberlain, Scott, Bronze, Williams, Bonner, Stoney (Houghton, 75mins), Aluko (Dowie, 58mins), Nobbs, White, Carney (Scott, 62mins), Duggan. Subs not used: Brown-Finnis, Asante, Bradley, Moore
TURKEY: Sahin, Ece, Karagenc, Erol, Duman, Yag (Esen, 36mins (Deniz, 89mins)), Defterli, Uraz, Gungor, Cinar, Yalcin (Iskeceli, 69mins). Subs not used: Caglar, Yildrim, Gonultas, Kaya.
Referee: Olga Zadinova (Czech Republic)