England Under-19s face a tough test against France today in their quest for Euro
England Under-19s face a tough test against France today in their quest for European glory. Mo Marley's side were the first to qualify for the semi-finals at the UEFA U19 European Championships and as winners of Group A they face France, who finished runners-up in Group B. England kicked-off the championships with two impressive victories against tipped Sweden and Italy, both who had won their qualifying groups to reach the Finals.
With nothing riding on their final game against hosts Germany - who had surprisingly been knocked out of the tournament they were defending - Marley made six changes to her side, including giving a debut to 16-year-old Sunderland goalkeeper Carly Telford. England went down 6-0 in that game.
The squad had a well-deserved day off on Wednesday to get over that match and Fara Williams and Eniola Aluko, named best players in the opening two matches, spent their winnings - gift vouchers for the local department store.
Tonight at 6.00pm England will step onto the pitch at Markranstadt in front of live British Eurosport cameras again to make a name for themselves.
"The girls are delighted to be here," Marley told TheFA.com."When we've played well we've been outstanding but we've been a bit naïve at times and we've allowed the opposition to get back in the game.
"We've gone from an unknown team to one that people are starting to notice now."
England have had a boost going into the game, with a full squad to choose from although three players - Shelly Cox, Anita Asante and Fara Williams - are all carrying bookings. France's No.10 however will be suspended for the match.
At 3.00pm Norway - winners of Group B - will take on Sweden in the first semi-final to see who will meet the winners of England's game in the Final on Sunday.
Check out TheFA.com for updates on this weekend's vital games.
Under 19s Results