Scotland and England footballers make it to Women's World Cup

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Scotland and England players celebrate.BBC Sport/Getty

Scotland and England women's football teams have qualified for next year's World Cup.

Scotland beat Albania 2-1 on Tuesday to qualify for the tournament for the first time ever.

Meanwhile, England beat Wales 3-0 last week in a "winner takes all" qualifying match.

The Women's World Cup kicks off in June 2019 in France.

Wales had hoped to make it through but their loss to England, as well as other match results, meant they missed out on qualifying automatically and on a chance to try again in the runner-up play-offs.

Northern Ireland finished second from bottom of their group so didn't make it either.

Other teams to qualify for the World Cup next summer include Italy, Spain and Germany.

Scotland v Albania
Scotland Women celebrate

Scotland clinched their first ever place at a Women's World Cup with a dramatic victory over Albania.

Kim Little put Scotland ahead early on but then Albania's Megi Doci levelled just before half-time.

Then Jane Ross' header put the Scots back ahead and the team held on to the lead until the end of the match.

England v Wales
Toni Duggan of England goes around Laura O'Sullivan of Wales during the Women's World Cup qualifier between Wales Women and England Women at Rodney Parade on August 31, 2018 in Newport, Wales.Getty Images
Toni Duggan gave England the goal they needed to get ahead

There were no goals in the first half of their match, but England's Toni Duggan, Jill Scott and Nikita Parris scored one each in the second half in a space of 12 minutes.

England manager Phil Neville called it a "great night for women's football", and also praised the Welsh women for how they played.

England finished third at the last World Cup in Canada but for now, their manager isn't thinking too far into the future.

Neville said: "I am happy we are going to France, I am not totally happy with the way we played, we can play better but we have some good players."

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