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Published 12 March 2023 4 min read
Women's U17

Report: England WU17s 4-0 Croatia

Written by:

Nicholas Veevers

Young Lionesses open their League A group stage with an impressive win over host nation Croatia

England women’s under-17s beat Croatia by 4-0 to get off to a winning start in their U17 EURO qualifying group on Sunday morning.

Natalie Henderson’s Young Lionesses are in Croatia for the three game group stage in League A and faced the host nation in their opener at the Gradski Stadium in Sinj.

And they made a fine start, as Milly Round opened the scoring less than five minutes after kick-off, being teed-up nicely by Mari Ward.

Michelle Agyemang then doubled England’s lead in the ninth minute, after a neat set-up from Lola Brown.

It was 3-0 before the break, as Agyemang grabbed her second of the game after Laila Harbert had seen a shot saved which rebounded straight to the feet of her Arsenal teammate.

There were fewer goals in the second half, as Henderson’s side managed the game well before the scoreline was rounded off by substitute Vivienne Lia’s fine free-kick in the 87th minute.

England will now turn their attention to their next Group 2 game, which comes against against Belgium on Wednesday afternoon (2pm GMT).

England: 1 Katie Cox (Chelsea), 2 Araya Dennis (Arsenal), 3 Mari Ward (Bristol City), 4 Laila Harbert (Arsenal), 5 Katie Reid (Arsenal), 6 Zara Shaw (Liverpool), 7 Milly Round (Aston Villa), 8 Alexia Potter (Chelsea) (C), 9 Michelle Agyemang (Arsenal), 10 Lola Brown (Chelsea), 11 Ava Baker (Leicester City)

Substitutes: 16 Lola Nesbeth (Chelsea) for Baker 46, 20 Vivienne Lia (Arsenal) for Agyemang 65, 14 Holly Deering (Manchester United) for Harbert 72, 15 Lucy Newell (West Bromwich Albion) for Reid 72, 19 Scarlett Kagalwala (Chelsea) for Ward 80

Substitutes not used: 12 Daisy Hind (Chelsea), 13 Sophia Poor (Leicester City), 17 Ruby-Rae Tucker (Aston Villa), 18 Erica Parkinson (SC Leixoes),

Head coach: Natalie Henderson

Goals: Milly Round 4, Michelle Agyemang 9, 39, Vivienne Lia 87