England women played out a 0-0 draw against France last night at the Keepmoat.
The first half France showed their dominance without really threatening Karen Bardsley in goal and England limited them to shots from long range. Despite dominating possession there was no cutting edge in the final third. However, the price for the defensive display was England having nothing going forward with Rachel Daly playing up front with virtually no support.
The second half England played a more expansive game and had their share of the ball, but they too failed to really test the keeper despite Sarah Bouhaddi looking tentative at times.
England did get the ball in the net towards the end of the game but substitute Toni Duggan was adjudged to have used her arm to control the ball – replays showed the ball hit Duggan’s chest or possibly shoulder, so the goal should have been awarded.
Mark Sampson’s side will now take on Spain in Guadalajara on Tuesday before facing Euro 2017 hosts Netherlands in Tilburg on Tuesday 29 November.
England are also due to take part in next year’s She Believes Cup in the USA again. Playing against top opposition can only be good for the team as if you want to be the best you have to beat the best.