Wembley Stadium

Next Game

England v San Marino

Thursday, 09 October 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

St Jakob Park

Last Game

Switzerland 0 - 2 England

Monday, 08 September 2014, 19:45

European Qualifiers Group E

Early exit for England women

England's women exited Euro 2013 without winning a game after a comprehensive 3-0 defeat to France on Thursday night.

Last Updated: 18/07/13 at 22:31 Post Comment

Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney and Karen Bardsley: Look dejected after France'

Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney and Karen Bardsley: Look dejected after France'

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Hope Powell's players - finalists four years ago - needed a win at the Linkoping Arena to guarantee their progression from Group C but an early goal and a second-half double condemned them to an early flight home.

Eugenie Le Sommer had ominously rattled a post with only eight minutes gone but swiftly went one better, rewarding Elodie Thomis's swashbuckling run with a low finish into the corner.

England pressed and harried higher up the field but though France were restricted to long-range efforts as the first half drew to a close, Louisa Necib's drive needed a firm palm from Karen Bardsley.

Powell replaced Anita Asante with attacking midfielder Jill Scott after the break but Thomis continued to exploit gaps further back, threatening to finish a clever Necib through-ball, before blazing one shot wide.

Toni Duggan had fired over the French goal after a rare attack at the other end but a quickfire double killed the contest - just moments after barely-fit talisman Kelly Smith was desperately thrust into the fray.

Necib found space to twist and hook the ball past Bardsley (62), before delivering a corner that Wendie Renard rose to meet two minutes later.

Thomis might have grabbed a fourth goal with a dragged effort 20 minutes from time but Bruno Bini's side had long secured their quarter-final spot.

Powell felt a pre-season declaration that failure to qualify from the group would be "a disaster" had come back to haunt her - but insisted she was the right woman to lead a World Cup qualifying campaign this autumn.

The Londoner, whose side had previously slipped up 3-2 to Spain before salvaging a last-gasp draw with Russia, told the BBC: "I said it would be a difficult task. France and Spain were difficult but we should perhaps have done better against Russia.

"We know we didn't play our best but big credit must go to France. They've got very, very good strength in depth.

"I have to regroup, the players have to regroup and go again. I don't like losing and we'll be back. More importantly the players will have learned some lessons and I'll have learned some lessons. We have to do better next time."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

PSG stun Barca, Bayern stay 100%

PSG edged to an entertaining 3-2 Champions League win over Barcelona, while Bayern Munich beat CSKA Moscow and BATE stunned Athletic Bilbao.

Champions League: Manchester City held to home draw by Roma

Manchester City endured yet another night of Champions League frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Roma.

Champions League: Nemanja Matic earns three points for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon in Group G

Nemanja Matic's header earned Chelsea three away points against Sporting Lisbon in UEFA Champions League Group G.

Mail Box

#Usingfootballersnamesineverydaylife

We have the last of these as well as mails on Liverpool, Wayne Rooney, QPR, Arsenal's injuries and more. It's a mailbox that's Alonso rather than Rafael, if you will...

How Much In 'Pounds Raheem Sterling'?

A whole lot of you use footballers' names in everyday life. And you hate yourselves for it. As you should. We also have mails on Newcastle, Rooney and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property