Sophie Stamp scored her first goal for the England Women’s U19s as Mo Marley’s side edged Italy in the final match of the La Manga Tournament.
Midfielder Stamp was a first-half replacement for Jenna Legg and she struck the winner after 66 minutes.
Following a 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland at the weekend and a 3-2 defeat to France on Monday, this narrow victory will provide a timely boost ahead of next month’s European Championship qualifiers.
England 1-0 Italy
La Manga Women's U19 Tournament
Wednesday 12 March
La Manga, Spain
The Young Lions face Finland, Denmark and Serbia with only the top-placed nation making it through to the finals in July.
England: 13 Caitlin Leach, 2 Aoife Mannion, 4 Jade Bailey (C), 5 Vyan Sampson, 6 Ellie Stewart, 7 Jenna Legg, 10 Katie Zelem, 11 Natasha Flint, 14 Millie Turner, 15 Leah Williamson, 19 Jess Carter
Substitutes: 12 Sophie Stamp for Legg, 28, 16 Sarah Mayling for Flint, 46, 18 Jodie Brett for Zelem, 46, 8 Abbey-Leigh Stringer for Turner, 59, 9 Lucy Whipp for Carter, 59, 20 Karin Muya for Bailey, 88
Substitutes not used: 1 Sophie Baggaley, 3 Rosella Ayane, 17 Coral Haines
Goals: Sophie Stamp, 66