England striker Ellen White urges her side to bounce back from agonising loss to Spain
England 2-3 Spain
UEFA Women’s Euro 2013 Finals
7.30pm BST, Friday 12 July
Linköping Arena, Sweden
by Glenn Lavery
Ellen White says England must learn from their mistakes following the 3-2 defeat to Spain at Euro 2013.
The Three Lions twice came from behind in Linköping, the second equaliser from Laura Bassett coming in the 89th minute, but Alexia Putellas’s header deep into added time gave Ignacio Querada’s side an opening day win.
National Coach Hope Powell has admitted that Spain were deserving winners and White knows England can play better, having gone 16 months unbeaten before they lost to Sweden in a friendly last week.
She said: “Obviously we’re disappointed to have lost the game. We got ourselves back in it twice and we thought we could come away with a draw, but we were unlucky in the end.
“There are a lot of lessons for us to learn. We weren’t at the races for the first five minutes. We conceded early and that clicked us into gear.”
White is confident her team-mates can recover quickly and be ready for their second group game, against Russia on Monday. It is a game England will feel they have to win to stand any realistic chance of making it through to the last eight.
But they have been in this position before. They lost their Euro 2009 opener to Italy and still made it to the Final, and White has urged her side’s character to come to the fore once again.
She added: “We will stick together as a team but we will look back at it, analyse it and learn from it. We’ve still got two games to qualify for the quarter finals so we need to put this one to bed.
“We’ve got some great characters in this side to pick everybody up. The games come thick and fast which is probably a good thing, so we’ll rest and recover and look forward to playing Russia.
"Hopefully we can come away with the win which is what we need now.”
England's final group game is against France on Thursday 18 July.
1 Karen Bardsley, 2 Alex Scott, 3 Steph Houghton, 4 Jill Scott, 6 Casey Stoney (C), 7 Eniola Aluko (14 Karen Carney, 73), 8 Anita Asante, 9 Ellen White, 10 Fara Williams, 11 Rachel Yankey (12 Jess Clarke, 90+1), 15 Laura Bassett.
Substitutes not used 13 Rachel Brown-Finnis, 16 Jordan Nobbs, 17 Toni Duggan, 18 Dunia Susi, 19 Gemma Bonner, 20 Jade Moore, 21 Lucy Bronze, 22 Kelly Smith.
National Coach Hope Powell
1 Ainhoa Tirapu, 5 Ruth Garcia, 8 Sonia (12 Alexia Putellas, 74), 9 Veronica Boquete (C), 10 Adriana, 15 Silvia Meseguer, 16 Nagore Calderon (14 Vicky Losada, 62), 17 Elisabeth Ibarra, 18 Marta Torrejon, 20 Irene Parades, 21 Jennifer Hermoso.
Substitutes not used 2 Virginia Torrecilla, 3 Leira Landa, 4 Melisa, 6 Miriam Dieguez, 7 Priscila Borja, 11 Sandra, 13 Dolores Gallardo (GK), 19 Erika Vazquez, 22 Amanda Sampedro, 23 Maria Jose Pons (GK).
Coach Ignacio Quereda
Referee Kateryna Monzul (UKR)