Beth Mead strikes twice as impressive England see off Netherlands


  • England 5-1 Netherlands
  • Bronze, Mead, Hemp (2) and Toone reply to Martens’ opener

Sarina Wiegman played down England’s Euros credentials after a blistering 5-1 dismantling of the holders, the Netherlands, in their penultimate pre-tournament friendly. “I think there are many favourites for this tournament, and we are one of them,” she said wryly.

England had been forced to come from behind for the first time during Wiegman’s tenure, but Lucy Bronze scored the reply to Lieke Martens’ first-half goal before Sherida Sptise powered a penalty off the outside of a post, waking up the lax home team. An instant response from Beth Mead a minute and a half after the penalty put England ahead before Ella Toone and Lauren Hemp scored in quick succession for the by then rampant side and Mead added a late fifth.

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Written by Suzanne Wrack at Elland Road
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