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Published 16 February 2023 4 min read
England Youth Teams

Report: England WU23 0-0 Spain

Written by:

Frank Smith

England WU23s goalkeeper Lucy Thomas produces important stops in the second half to keep the game goalless

England women’s Under-23s were unable to find a match-deciding goal against Spain as the two sides drew 0-0 on Thursday afternoon.

Hours before the senior team start their Arnold Clark Cup campaign against South Korea in Milton Keynes, the WU23s took on the Spanish at St. George’s Park.

WU23 coach Mo Marley named a strong side against Spain, who have enjoyed impressive age-group teams over the years.

England women Under-23s' starting line-up against Spain
England women Under-23s' starting line-up against Spain

Neither side could create a clear-cut chance in the first half, leading to several changes from Spain at the break and early in the second half.

The visitors produced the better openings in the second period but England goalkeeper Lucy Thomas made important saves to keep it goalless, before - as is common practice in age-group matches - the fixture concluded with a penalty shoot-out.

Next up for England WU23s is a game against Belgium at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park on Monday 20 February (kick-off 7pm).

Aggie Beever-Jones was among those to start for England Under-23s at St. George's Park
Aggie Beever-Jones was among those to start for England Under-23s at St. George's Park

Tickets are available to purchase via priced at £5 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. Schools will also get the chance to apply for up to ten complimentary tickets, as well as England Accredited Clubs

England: 1 Lucy Thomas (Birmingham City), 2 Jorja Fox (Brighton & Hove Albion, on loan from Chelsea), 3 Poppy Pattinson (Brighton & Hove Albion), 4 Ruby Mace (Leicester City, on loan from Manchester City), 5 Mia Ross (Charlton Athletic), 6 Anna Patten (Aston Villa, on loan from Arsenal), 7 Angela Addison (Charlton Athletic), 8 Missy Bo Kearns (Liverpool), 9 Emma Harries (Reading), 10 Laura Blindkilde Brown (Aston Villa), 11 Aggie Beever-Jones (Everton on loan from Chelsea)

Substitutions: 23 Eleanor Dale (University of Nebraska) for Harries 71, 18 Molly Pike (Leicester) for Beever-Jones 84

Substitutions not used: 13 Kayla Rendell (Southampton), 12 Anouk Denton (West Ham United), 14 Mel Filis (West Ham United), 15 Georgia Eaton-Collins (Leicester City), 16 Kiera Skeels (Charlton Athletic), 17 Asmita Ale (Tottenham Hotspur), 19 Tara Bourne (Birmingham City, on loan from Manchester United), 20 Ruby Grant (University of North Carolina), 21 Missy Goodwin (Leicester City), 24 Ella Morris (Southampton), 25 Paige Peake (Southampton)

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