Double Defeat For England Women

Last updated : 14 April 2021 By Three Lions

England Women were beaten by Canada on Tuesday evening after Friday's loss in France, two tough tests for the national side both posing more questions than they answered.

The pace and directness of the French caused plenty of problems for the England rearguard in Caen, Fran Kirby's penalty the only reply to three goals for the hosts although substitute Lauren Hemp impressed with her ability to get beyond the home defence.

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Defensive errors handed the Canadians both of their goals at Stoke City's bet365 Stadium with England having the majority of possession but lacking a cutting edge against a side who are consistently competitive on the international scene.

With the European Championships delayed by a year and now just four wins in 14 matches, the sense of momentum generated by the 2019 World Cup has now evaporated and incoming coach Sarina Wiegman faces a big task to mould a team capable of winning the Euros on home soil next year.

The 16 finalists for the tournament are now finalised following this week's play-offs, Northern Ireland the standout qualifiers after an excellent two-leg victory against Ukraine.

Before then, England players will make up the majority of the GB squad that contests the Tokyo Olympics this summer.