Plucky England ‘prove people wrong’ by beating France


England’s defeat by France on Friday was the fire they needed to reignite the types of performances that led them to European glory two years ago.

Beaten 2-1 in Newcastle, the Lionesses trudged away from St James’ Park five points behind leaders France in their Euro 2025 qualifying group.

The result left them with one win, one draw and one defeat from their opening three games and captain Leah Williamson gathered the team together to discuss their indifferent form before Tuesday’s reverse fixture in France.

Whatever was said, worked.

England got their revenge in Saint-Etienne on Tuesday night, winning 2-1 themselves, and putting in a stunning first-half performance which had shades of their Euro 2022 success running through it.

France responded in the second half, forcing Sarina Wiegman’s side to battle through a nervous ending and cling on to a crucial victory.


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