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Marieanne Spacey hopes Nordic Tournament title is first of many this summer

Tuesday 13 Jun 2017
Marieanne Spacey guided England's U23s to the Nordic Tournament title

Marieanne Spacey hopes England's success in the Nordic Tournament can kick-start a summer of glory for the Lionesses.

Hannah Blundell and Beth Mead scored a goal apiece as the Under-23s defeated Norway 2-0 to clinch the title on Monday afternoon.

And with the Women's Senior team and Under-19 side set to compete in their respective European Championships in the next couple of months, Spacey hopes her side's trophy win can provide inspiration.

England U23s 2-0 Norway
  • Nordic Tournament
  • Monday 12 June 2017
  • Saffle, Sweden
The head coach said: “We want all our England teams to do well and I’m delighted we could add another trophy to the cabinet.

“It was great seeing the men’s teams win the Toulon Tournament and the U20s World Cup so we’re happy that we could add to that success.

“We want to win a couple more trophies this summer so hopefully this is just the start.”

England eased to a 4-0 win over Sweden last Tuesday and drew 0-0 with USA on Friday.

Spacey said each match provided her side with a different challenge and she was pleased with the way her players adapted.

She said: “We knew what we would face from each game.

“We knew Sweden would play one way, USA would play another and Norway were kind of a mix of the two.

“We had a game plan for each match and the girls carried out the instructions to the letter.

“We probably could have scored a few more against Norway, especially after hitting the bar three times, but overall I’m really happy with what we’ve achieved.”

Spacey added: “We were up against three really good sides so we should be proud of the results.

“Sweden, Norway and USA have a history of producing top-class players and we proved that we’re right up there as well.

“I’m really happy for the girls. They played really well over the three games and deserve all the credit.”

By Glenn Lavery