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Scotland 0-6 England: Lionesses thump Scotland but Team GB Olympic dream over

James scored in the 38th and 39th minute to put England in control

A ruthless England thumped Scotland in their final Women’s Nations League group match but it was not enough to top the table after the Netherlands thrashed Belgium.

That means the Dutch are through to the Nations League semi-finals and England’s hopes of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics on behalf of Team GB are over.

Alex Greenwood’s header opened the scoring before Lauren James netted twice in two minutes and Beth Mead marked her first England start since recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury with a stunning finish into the top right corner.

Fran Kirby poked home from Georgia Stanway’s cutback four minutes after the break to make it five before Lucy Bronze stabbed home in the final minute of added time.

But, the Netherlands scored a dramatic fourth goal in the 95th minute against Belgium to ensure they reached the semi-final ahead of England.

As the nominated home nation, England needed to reach the Nations League final, or finish third in if Olympic hosts France make the final, to secure Team GB’s place at the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The Lionesses did not even celebrate their goals, knowing they needed a significant margin to ensure that even if the Dutch won, they would top the group.

Bronze’s goal seemed to provide the moment of relief as the Lionesses thought they had done enough by scoring six, before word of a fourth goal in the Netherlands reached them after full-time and a dejected England team applauded their travelling supporters.

More to follow.



Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Gibson
  • 4Lanes
  • 15ClarkSubstituted forHowardat 45′minutes
  • 3Another oneSubstituted forBrownat 45′minutes
  • 14McLauchlanSubstituted forNapierat 45′minutes
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 8Kerr
  • 2DochertyBooked at 72mins
  • 11Evans
  • 10HansonSubstituted forHarrisonat 79′minutes
  • 18EmslieSubstituted forThomasat 64′minutes


  • 5Howard
  • 6MacLean
  • 7Brown
  • 9Lauder
  • 12Fife
  • 13Hay
  • 16Rodgers
  • 17Harrison
  • 19Davidson
  • 20Thomas
  • 21McIver
  • 23Napier


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Earps
  • 2Bronze
  • 6Morgan
  • 5Greenwood
  • 3Charles
  • 8Stanway
  • 4Walsh
  • 9KirbySubstituted forToneat 65′minutes
  • 7MeadSubstituted forRussoat 65′minutes
  • 11Hemp
  • 10James


  • 12Carter
  • 13Hampton
  • 14Tone
  • 15Wubben-Moy
  • 16I want it
  • 17Kelly
  • 18Clinton
  • 19Daly
  • 20The Tissier
  • 21Keating
  • 22Turner
  • 23Russo

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