England miss out on Nations League progression despite thumping Scotland

Sarina Wiegman urged her players before the game to &aposgo wild&apos from the first minute and they did exactly that as they edged themselves in front early doors. With 12 minutes gone, Manchester City defender Alex Greenwood headed home from a Beth Mead corner.

Lauren Hemp should&aposve made it two on the half-hour mark with an almost empty net to aim at she was unmarked at the back post. Somehow, she couldn&apost find the target and hit the woodwork. Lauren James offered England a glimmer of hope, though, with two quick-fire goals in two minutes to lift hopes.

Beth Mead then scored her first goal for the Lionesses in 15 months after suffering an ACL injury last year. On the brink of half-time, she latched onto a clever ball from James and fired home from close range.

The Lionesses continued the momentum into the second half as Georgia Stanway won the battle against Rachel Corsie down the right. Her driving low cross into the box fell perfectly for Fran Kirby to tap it in and make it five.

The second-half was drama-filled as the Dutch made it 3-0 in their game against Belgium late on. Lucy Bronze, though, added a sixth for Wiegman&aposs side deep into stoppage time.

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Netherlands finish top on goal difference

Six goals and a clean sheet against Scotland wasn&apost enough to top their Nations League group as the Netherlands scored two stoppage-time goals against Belgium to clinch a 4-0 win and progress to the semi-finals.

Wiegman&aposs side couldn&apost have done much more and football can be the cruellest of sports at times. Ultimately, it&aposs the results in previous games and conceding late goals against Belgium and the Netherlands that have cost them in the end.

Morgan given the nod

Manchester City defender Esme Morgan was one of two changes Wiegman made to her starting line-up from the win over the Netherlands last week. Morgan was called upon in that game as a second-half substitute but came in from the start against Scotland in place of Chelsea&aposs Jess Carter.

It&aposs the 23-year-old&aposs first competitive start for the Lionesses following her first call-up to the senior squad in September 2020. She has predominantly started for City at right back this season, although starting alongside City teammate Greenwood was familiar territory for the youngster.

Lauren James shines

Lauren James continues to prove just how special she truly is. The Chelsea forward is in scintillating form for her club at present and for England it&aposs no different.

With two goals and an assist in the first half, the youngster was the embodiment of rising to the occasion. While it wasn&apost enough on the night, it was a significant step in her progression as she proved she can be decisive in key moments.

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