England women march into Euro U21 semi-finals with 3-0 win over France

Engalnd u21 women beat France 3-0 on Wednesday afternoon to book their place in Thursday’s semi finals at the EuroHockey Junior Nations Championship at Waterloo, Belgium.

After narrowly losing to Spain on Monday, England’s superior goal difference means they still topped Pool B and will face the runner-up from Pool A on Thursday.

“After asking for a positive response from the girls following game two, I’m delighted with the attitude displayed and the intensity in attack we have shown in the game against France,” said  England coach Kevin Johnson.

“Our improved attacking fluidity meant that we created enough chances and scored enough goals to top the group. We are now prepared for an exciting semi final.”

Hannah Martin thought she had given England the head, but her 22nd minute effort was ruled out because of a foot.

But England didn’t have to wait long to take the lead with Emily Defroand scoring on 25 minutes. Lydia Clissitt and Jo Leigh combined well to get the ball to Defroand at the top of the D, from where she scored to the left of goalkeeper.

The ball was in the net again on 43 minutes, but again it was ruled out after the umpire deemed it had not touched an England stick.

But once again, England were not fazed and pushed on to score nine minutes later, Kim Leiper firing home after Hannah Martin’s shot was deflected out by the goalkeeper.

And four minutes later England added a third goal, Holly Hunt deflecting in from a Rebecca Van Berkel cross from the right.