Published 25 October 2021 4 min read
Women's U23

Belgium 0-1 England WU23s

Written by:

Frank Smith

Katie Robinson comes off the bench to score the winner for England women’s under-23s in Tubize, Belgium

Brighton & Hove Albion forward Katie Robinson scored just five minutes after coming on as a substitute to help England women’s under-23s beat Belgium 1-0 on Monday afternoon.

The two sides were playing each other in Stade Leburton in Tubize, Belgium, as England senior team head coach Sarina Wiegman looks to increase opportunities for promising players in the international pathway.

The Young Lionesses were led by Mo Marley and during the training camp last week ahead of this contest, the experienced coach was helping to mentor Emma Coates and England’s most capped player Fara Williams, with goalkeeper coach Tom Pressman completing the coaching team.

England WU23s’ captain for the day was Racing Louisville striker Ebony Salmon, who had been part of Wiegman’s senior squad for the Dutch coach’s first two matches in charge of the Lionesses last month.

And it was Salmon who created the game’s deciding goal on 65 minutes, as the former Bristol City striker received the ball inside the area and passed it to Robinson to score from six yards out.

England-capped striker Ebony Salmon was captain for the WU23s
England-capped striker Ebony Salmon was captain for the WU23s

England: 1 Emily Ramsey (Birmingham City, loan from Manchester United), 2 Maya Le Tissier (Brighton & Hove Albion), 3 Taylor Hinds (Liverpool), 4 Melisa Filis (West Ham United), 5 Anna Patten (Arsenal), 6 Gabrielle George (Everton), 7 Ellie Brazil (Brighton & Hove Albion), 8 Ruby Grant (University of North Carolina), 9 Ebony Salmon (Racing Louisville) ©, 10 Jessica Park (Manchester City), 11 Rinsola Babajide (Brighton, loan from Liverpool)

Substitutes: 13 Fran Bentley (Bristol City, loan from Man Utd) for Ramsey 60, 20 Molly Pike (Leicester City) for Park 60, 17 Katie Robinson (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Brazil 60, 16 Jodie Hutton (Aston Villa) for Babajide 83, 18 Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool) for Grant 83, 19 Emma Harries (Reading) for Salmon 86

Substitutes not used: 12 Mayumi Pacheco (Aston Villa), 14 Kiera Skeels (Charlton Athletic), 15 Megan Finnigan (Everton), 21 Lucy Parker (West Ham United), 22 Fran Stenson (Brighton & Hove Albion, loan from Arsenal), 23 Poppy Pattinson (Everton) 

Head coach: Mo Marley

Goals: Katie Robinson 65

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