SheBelieves Cup
FranceFrance0EnglandEngland0

France women 0-0 England women

England women ensured third place at the SheBelieves Cup in Florida, USA, with a goalless draw against France in their final game of the tournament.

Mark Sampson's side had lost their previous two matches to the USA in Tampa and Germany in Nashville.

Chances were rare on a difficult pitch, although France's Claire Lavogez hit the woodwork in the first half and Katie Chapman shot wide for England.

USA won the event courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Germany.external-link

The hosts came from behind to win through two goals in the space of six minutes, scored by Alex Morgan and Samantha Mewis, after Anja Mittag had fired Germany into the lead at FAU Stadium, Boca Raton.

Experience 'crucial' for Euro 2017

Karen Bardsley
England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley made a couple of important saves to keep France at bay in the first half

Next month, England face Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Euro 2017 qualifiers, looking to continue their 100% start to the campaign after two games.

Vice-captain Jordan Nobbs said before Wednesday's game that playing in the SheBelieves Cup would be "crucial" to their preparations for their qualifying campaign and, despite two defeats, the Lionesses had acquitted themselves well against the world's best teams.

They were narrowly beaten 1-0 by world champions USA in their first game before being edged 2-1 by Germany, finishing ahead of France in the table on goals scored.

England have not beaten France since 1974 and, certainly in the first half, it looked like their wait for an overdue win would go on as they struggled to deal with their opponents' pace on the counterattack.

However, they improved in the second half, effectively playing France at their own game with long balls forward.

The added pace of substitute Eni Aluko, who earned her 100th cap, started to cause the French problems but England could not get a second goal.

'We were outstanding'

England boss Mark Sampson: "We were so close to the win against one of those big guns.

"It was a game of two halves. We had to grind out the first, but in the second half we were outstanding.

"This tournament has been a really good experience and we take a lot away from it."

Line-ups

France

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Gerard
  • 8Houara
  • 4GeorgesSubstituted forMbock Bathyat 54'minutes
  • 5Delannoy
  • 22Majri
  • 10AbilySubstituted forBussagliaat 77'minutes
  • 23Hamraoui
  • 12Thomis
  • 14Necib CadamuroSubstituted forLe Sommerat 59'minutes
  • 11LavogezSubstituted forAsseyiat 86'minutes
  • 18Delie

Substitutes

  • 1Philippe
  • 2Gadea
  • 3Torrent
  • 6Asseyi
  • 7Bilbault
  • 9Le Sommer
  • 13Leger
  • 15Bussaglia
  • 16Bouhaddi
  • 17Kaci
  • 19Mbock Bathy
  • 20Diani

England

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Bardsley
  • 12ScottSubstituted forBronzeat 70'minutes
  • 5Houghton
  • 15Stoney
  • 14Rafferty
  • 4Williams
  • 7Nobbs
  • 17Chapman
  • 11StokesSubstituted forCarneyat 71'minutes
  • 8Scott
  • 19DugganSubstituted forAlukoat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bronze
  • 3Greenwood
  • 10Carney
  • 13Chamberlain
  • 16Bassett
  • 18Christiansen
  • 20Aluko
  • 22Kirby
  • 23Davison
Referee:
Gillian Martindale
Attendance:
13,501

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamEngland
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, France 0, England 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, France 0, England 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Viviane Asseyi (France) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Marie-Laure Delie (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Katie Chapman (England).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Eugénie Le Sommer (France) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Viviane Asseyi.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karen Carney (England) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Viviane Asseyi replaces Claire Lavogez.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Nobbs (England) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Fara Williams.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karen Carney (England) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Offside, France. Marie-Laure Delie tries a through ball, but Eugénie Le Sommer is caught offside.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, France. Élise Bussaglia replaces Camille Abily.

  13. Post update

    Marie-Laure Delie (France) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Katie Chapman (England).

  15. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  16. Post update

    Delay in match Karen Bardsley (England) because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Offside, France. Camille Abily tries a through ball, but Marie-Laure Delie is caught offside.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Karen Carney replaces Demi Stokes.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Lucy Bronze replaces Alex Scott.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Eugénie Le Sommer (France) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marie-Laure Delie.

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