England’s U17s came from behind to beat Serbia 4-1 and earn themselves a semi final place against Germany in the UEFA Women’s U17 Championship.
Having won their opening two matches, they only needed to earn a point against Serbia, however, just before half time Miljana Ivanovic put the hosts ahead.
Minutes into the second half Georgia Stanway scored a penalty to level the score and, when Serbia went down to 10 shortly afterwards with Isidora Vuckovic being shown a red card, the young Lionesses upped their game and Niamh Charles, Ellie Brazil and sub Hanah Cain adding goals.
England will now take on Germany, runners-up in Group B, on Friday in the Lionesses’ first Euro semi-final since 2013.
The two finalists and the winners of the third-place play-off will qualify for the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup in Jordan in September.
England (4-2-3-1): 13 Katie Startup (Gillingham), 2 Flo Allen (Bristol City), 12 Anna Patten (Arsenal), 5 Grace Smith (Aston Villa), 3 Taylor Hinds (Arsenal); 18 Anna Filbey (Arsenal), 4 Hollie Olding (Brighton & Hove Albion); 7 Alessia Russo (Chelsea), 10 Georgia Stanway (Capt. Manchester City), 11 Niamh Charles (Liverpool), 9 Ellie Brazil (Birmingham City), 16 Ella Toone (Blackburn Rovers).
Substitutes: 15 Lois Joel (Chelsea) for Allen 50, 17 Hannah Cain (Sheffield FC) for Russo 67, 8 Laura Hooper (Arsenal) for Filbey 73.
Substitutes not used: 1 Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), 6 Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal), 14 Kelsey Pearson (Blackburn Rovers).
Goals: Stanway pen 47, Brazil 68, Charles 71, Cain 76.
Head coach: John Griffiths
Referee: Tess Olofsson (Sweden)
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