Early goals from Gaetane Thiney and Camille Abily set the French on the road to victory long before the half-time whistle had sounded, and extended their
stranglehold on the fixture.
England have not beaten France since 1974, and have suffered major
disappointments at their hands in recent years having gone out to them in both the 2011 World Cup and 2013 European Championships.
The French got off to the best possible start when, having already hit the post
through Louisa Necib's third-minute half-volley, they took the lead with just
six minutes gone.
Elodie Thomis used her pace out wide to cross for Thiney to prod home the
There was worse to come for Mark Sampson's side with 18 minutes played when Abily's angled shot beat keeper Siobhan Chamberlain.
England managed to reach half-time without further mishap, but the second half proved a largely fruitless affair as their efforts to fight their way back into
the game came to nothing.