Mo Marley discusses England's resilience ahead of Saturday's Euro Final
England v France
UEFA European Women’s U19 Championship
3pm, Saturday 31 August 2013
Parc Y Scarlets, Llanelli
Mo Marley considers England’s 5-4 Euro qualifying defeat to Serbia in April as the turning point in their season.
However, since that crazy goal fest in Norway they haven’t conceded since, keeping six successive clean sheets on their way to Saturday’s European Championship Final against France.
They registered 3-0 wins over Hungary and the host nation in the last two qualifiers to seal their place in the Finals.
Their group campaign comprised a 0-0 draw with the French followed by another two 3-0 wins, over Wales and Denmark. They sealed their spot in the Euro showpiece with a comfortable 4-0 win over Finland on Wednesday.
And Marley looks back at the nine-goal thriller against Serbia as the key to their new-found stubbornness.
She said: "We said after the Serbia game, 'If you're going to be competitive you've got to be hard to beat.'
"The players have surprised us because they keep turning in performances with belief, resilience and confidence.
"After turning a 5-4 result around, I think they think they can do anything. This is a new and inexperienced group performing and delivering above expectations.
“They think they're unbreakable."
As results testify, England have improved with every game in these Euro Finals. It leaves them just one game away from glory – and the chance to emulate the class of 2009, who won this competition in Belarus.
Marley has guided yet another talented side to a European Final, the fourth in seven seasons, and she hopes her side’s tactical options will stand them in good stead in Parc Y Scarlets.
She added: "We got a result against France with an inexperienced team and have just grown in strength in every aspect.
“We have a longer-passing option as well as a shorter-passing one. We've got a variety which great teams need. We just hope it can continue against a really strong French team."