Despite Kerr's stunning goal, England advances to their first World Cup final.

SYDNEY England achieved their first Women's World Cup final on Wednesday, defeating Australia 3-1 despite a stunning goal from Matildas striker Sam Kerr, ending the co-hosts' fairytale run.

After losing in the semifinals of the last two World Cups, England will face Spain on Sunday to add a world crown to last year's European Championship.

Lauren Hemp regained England's advantage before Alessia Russo sealed the win late.

"This is the one thing I've always wanted, to make World Cup finals, and after two times of huge disappointment, honestly I can't believe it," England full back Lucy Bronze said.

"We all wanted to be in the final, and our family and friends arranged to remain here till then because they believed in us.

Despite that, playing against Australia in Australia has been wonderful. Their tournament was great too."

Sarina Wiegman's team committed nine fouls in the first half to limit Australia's attacking possibilities.

In the 36th minute, Russo reached the byline and cut the ball back, and Toone scored her first tournament goal in the top right corner.

Australian Sam Kerr Scores Wonder Goal Against England in Women's World Cup Semifinal.