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Published 05 May 2024 4 min read
Women's U17

Report: England WU17s 3-0 Norway

Written by:

Juliet Nottingham

The Young Lionesses start their U17 EURO group stage with an impressive win 

England women’s under-17s kicked-off the first game of the 2024 European Women’s Under-17 Championships with a perfect start, putting three past Norway at Lund’s Klostergårdens.

The Young Lionesses’ lively opening immediately put them on the front foot and two goals ahead after 15 minutes.

A series of tidy moves down the left freed Lola Brown in space for a cross met by Erica Parkinson at the back post to open the scoring.

And Laila Harbert doubled the lead just over five minutes later. Capitalising on a loose clearance, the England captain’s strike from outside the area beautifully clipped the underside of the bar on its way in.

Natalie Henderson’s side started the second half as quickly as the first, with Brown getting a deserved goal after continuing to cause problems for Norway throughout. Parkinson returned the favour with a cross that made its way to Brown lurking at the back post, whose shot was buried via the woodwork.

The Young Lionesses celebrate the opening goal against Norway
The Young Lionesses celebrate the opening goal against Norway

The rest of the game settled into a comfortable and confident performance for England, who managed to contain increased pressure from Norway as the game ticked on.

Henderson’s team arrived at the competition with an almost flawless qualifying campaign, and will hope this result presents a promising statement of their aspirations for the tournament which also offers a chance of qualification for the FIFA Women's U17 World Cup later this year.

England continue their EURO journey in Group A on Wednesday against hosts Sweden, before they face France on Saturday.

England head coach Natalie Henderson ahead of the game in Lund
England head coach Natalie Henderson ahead of the game in Lund
England: 13 Rebekah Dowsett (Leicester City), 2 Nelly Las (Leicester City), 3 Rachel Maltby (Aston Villa), 4 Laila Harbert (Watford/Arsenal) ©, 6 Cecily Wellesley-Smith (Oxford United), 7 Erica Parkinson (FC Valadares), 8 Omotara Junaid (Arsenal), 9 Isabella Fisher (Arsenal), 10 Vera Jones (Barry Town), 11 Lola Brown (Chelsea), 15 Niamh Peacock (Arsenal)

Substitutes: 20 Jane Oboavwoduo (Manchester City) for Jones 30, 5 Simone Sherwood (Leicester City) for Peacock 66, 16 Olivia Johnson (Brighton & Hove Albion) for Fisher 66, 12 Sophie Harrison (Arsenal) for Harbert 78, 18 Mia Endacott (Plymouth Argyle) for Las 78

Substitutes not used: 1 Hope McSheffrey (Arsenal), 14 Emily Cassap (Sunderland), 17 Eva Gray (Arsenal), 19 Isabel Hebard (Devon ETC)

Goals: Erica Parkinson 5, Laila Harbet 12, Lola Brown 48

Head coach: Natalie Henderson